This week the area power system is expected to experience higher loads. The Cuyahoga Falls Electric Department is asking customers to reduce load between the hours of 2:00PM and 6:00PM each day this week to help reduce charges on their bills.
Cuyahoga Falls Electric gets billed capacity and transmission charges based on the city’s peak usage the previous year. The peak usage amount is set by the city’s usage during the five days and hours when the transmission system was at its peak for the year. Part of the city’s power cost is rolled along to the customers.
Customers know they will save money on their own bills simply by using less electricity. What customers may not have known is that they don’t even have to use less electricity during the whole day to help save money on their bills. Just moving the use of power from the peak time to later in the day during days when it is requested will help make a difference. The more customers that help, the more the savings will add up.
We offer customers the following tips for helping use electricity efficiently during these hours covered by the alert. Set thermostats at the highest comfortable setting. If you're leaving for the day, set the thermostat higher but don't turn the system off unless the home will be unoccupied by family members or pets for several days. Turn off lights that are not needed. Make sure drapes and furniture are not blocking air registers or returns. Minimize hot water use to reduce heat and humidity in your house. For cooking, use a microwave oven or counter-top appliances instead of your stove. Close blinds, shades or drapes during the hottest part of the day. This helps prevent the sun's rays from heating up your house and making your air conditioner work overtime. Use ceiling fans and portable fans to keep air moving. Postpone using dishwashers, washing machines, dryers and other major appliances until after 7 PM.