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Peak Alert Devices

What is Peak Alert?

Peak hours are the busiest times for Calhoun County REC since many people are using electricity at the same time.  In addition, it costs more to generate electricity when demand soars during peak periods, which translates to higher costs that are eventually passed onto our member-owners through the ECA (energy cost adjustment) charge on your electric bill.

You can help minimize future rate increases by conserving energy during peak hours, which are generally on the hottest summer days between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. and the coldest winter days between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Your Cooperative has a free, in-home peak alert device that informs you of when a system peak situation is near or occurring.  The Pealk Alert device plugs into an electrical outlet and indicates when a peak event is occurring.  When a peak event occurs, we ask that you voluntarily delay or reduce electric use by turning off or not using appliances such as diswashers, clothes washers and unnecessary lights for the duration of the event.

 Peak Alert (Red) - Alerts you that a peak event is occurring and to please save energy whenever possible.

Approaching Peak (Yellow) - Alerts you of a potential peak event within the hour.

Device Active (Green) - Calhoun County REC system is currently experiencing normal energy demand and no special energy saving measures are necessary.

As a member-owner, you can help reduce energy usage during peak demand periods and minimize future rate increases by participating in the Watts Smart Peak Alert program at no cost to you!  It's the Power of Many, Working as One!

To join the program please contact your Cooperative at 800-821-4879 or contact Keaton Hildreth, Member Services Rep., at







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