PO Box 216 :: Colman, SD 57017
PO Box 216 :: Colman, SD 57017
Energy Makeover Contest
"12 MONTH CHALLENGE TO SAVE MONEY AND WIN BIG"
You could be a winner! The Energy Makeover Contest gives you twelve chances to win valuable prizes to enhance efficiency and conservation efforts in your home or business. Each month we will focus on a new topic to help you learn how little changes can help you save big! The information gathered will help Sioux Valley Energy continue to educate our members about energy saving practices, safety, and ensure the programs we offer meet your needs.
Challenge Month #7 -- Avoid the Energy Rush
Did you know that WHEN you use electricity matters as much as how much electricity you consume? It’s no surprise that electricity use fluctuates throughout the day based on consumer demand and electric co-ops must be able to provide enough electricity to meet the energy demands of their members during times of highest energy use, also known as “on-peak hours.”
The bill that Sioux Valley Energy receives from power suppliers is split between two main components: energy and demand. The energy charge is for all the electricity used (consumed) in the month which is measured in kilowatt hours. The demand charge (which is measured in kilowatts) is for a 30-minute period in the month where consumption is at it’s highest (peak). The electric system has to be built to support the maximum amount of demand. For example, in a 24-hour period a typical home is using electricity all day and night--that represents kilowatt hours. On the other hand, the demand charge would be based on the time period the system is peaking...when the heat is on; when you are washing clothes, cooking and running the vacuum all at the same time. The system typically peaks in the morning or early evening--this coincides when most people are getting ready for their day and when they get home from work. Approximately 50 percent of Sioux Valley’s cost of power is based on a 30 minute peak each month or just six hours per year!
To reduce peak energy demand and save money, Sioux Valley Energy now offers a residential time of use rate to encourage electricity use during off-peak hours when electricity is less expensive to provide. Similar to saving money by attending a matinee, you can keep more money in your wallet simply by using electricity during an off-peak time period. Load management programs are also available for electric water heaters, central air conditioners/heat pumps, and irrigation systems. Contact SVE for more information at 800-234-1960.
This month’s challenge: Early-morning hours, when people often start their day, and evening hours, when people return to their homes after work are common times for on-peak hours. To reduce peak energy demand, try performing some of your daily chores like running the dishwasher or doing laundry during off-peak hours. Plug electronic equipment such as computers, printers, TVs and power tools into a power strip, then turn it off during peak hours. Turn off the lights when no one is in the room. Put technology to work for you – considering using a programmable thermostat and automatic timers to run water heaters and other appliances
ENTER FOR A CHANCE TO WIN A DELTA 5-SETTING H20-KINETIC WATER EFFICENT WATERSENSE CERTIFIED SHOWER HEAD ADN POWER COST MONITORING EQUIPMENT! Please complete the entry form and hit submit.
Please complete the entry below and mail to Sioux Valley Energy, Energy Makeover Contest, PO Box 216, Colman, SD 57017. The entry is also available online at www.siouxvalleyenergy.com. One entry per member.
Challenge Month Seveb entry must be received by April 30th to be eligible for the drawing.