What is load management?
An electric system works best when electricity use remains steady throughout the day. But because of weather, lifestyles and schedules, your cooperative's demand for electricity varies by hour, month, or even year to year.
This creates peaks and valleys in total electricity use. Load management balances electric supply with electrical supply with electrical demand.
Watts Smart participating members agree to have load management switches installed on equipment in their homes (i.e. electric water heaters and/or central air conditioners). By participating in the load management program, you help Calhoun County keep its electricity costs down.
By reducing or shifting energy use throughout the day, month or season, we can all save on power costs.
Special load management strategies are in place to assure members' satisfaction when water heaters or central air conditioning units are cycled off and on.
It is important that equipment is sized properly and well-maintained to meet your family's optimum comfort. Keaton Hildreth can help you determine which equipment is best for you.
IT'S FREE TO PARTICIPATE
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HOW DOES THE PROGRAM WORK?
At NO COST TO YOU, a Calhoun County REC representative installs a Watts Smart load management switch at your home.
Through these switches, your cooperative can manage the amount of electricity being used when demand is high.
During times of higher power costs or peak demand, your cooperative's power supplier sends a signal to the switch that temporarily interrupts electricity to the water heater or central air conditioner.
When the signal ends, the equipment returns to normal operation. During a longer period of load management, the equipment may be cycled periodically to maintain your comfort level.