FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- Burlington Electric Department:
Burlington Electric Issues Weekend Defeat the Peak Alert for Saturday and Sunday; Encourages Community to Reduce Energy Usage
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 19, 2019
Contact: Mike Kanarick
Burlington Electric Issues Weekend Defeat the Peak Alert for Saturday and Sunday
Encourages Community to Reduce Energy Usage from 4:00-7:00pm on Both Days
Burlington, VT – The Burlington Electric Department issued a weekend peak alert for Saturday and Sunday, July 20 and 21, as part of its Defeat the Peak program launched two summers ago (view news release here), encouraging members of the Burlington community to reduce their energy usage from 4:00-7:00pm on both days.
Burlingtonians can lend a hand by taking the following steps on what are projected to be unusually hot summer days:
- ·Raise thermostat temperatures or turn off air conditioners after returning home from work and wait until after 7:00pm to return air conditioners to previous settings;
- ·Wait until after 7:00pm or later to use washing machines, clothing dryers, dishwashers, and other appliances;
- ·Turn off non-essential lights until 7:00pm and later; and
- ·Delay other discretionary electric consumption until after 7:00pm.
The New England region reaches peak demand for electricity during the summer. A significant portion of Burlington Electric’s costs as a utility is determined by how much energy our community is using during the summer peak.
“We are excited to continue the Defeat the Peak effort in 2019,” stated Darren Springer, Burlington Electric Department General Manager. “When our community comes together to reduce electric use on peak days, we can save money, help protect the environment, and provide immediate support to nonprofits that are making a difference in Burlington. Defeat the Peak serves as another part of our plan to make Burlington a Net Zero Energy city.”
Two more traditional incentives for Burlingtonians who take peak day actions include: potential reductions in utility costs that help keep electric rates low and stable; and environmental benefits that come with reduced energy demand on the regional electric grid, which decreases the need for use of polluting oil and natural gas generators around New England. A more unique and innovative incentive introduced by Burlington Electric based on customer input is a community reward opportunity through which a local nonprofit – in this case thePride Center of Vermont – will benefit from a $1,000 contribution from Burlington Electric if our customers hit the targeted amount of load reduction on a peak day.
“The Pride Center of Vermont and Burlington Electric have something in common – we’re both working to build a safe and healthy environment for our communities,” said Mike Bensel (he/him/his), Executive Director of Pride Center for Vermont. “Thank you Burlington Electric for recognizing Pride Center of Vermont as an organization worthy of this support.”
Burlington Electric also notifies customers by email blast about peak day alerts. Customers can sign up for these email notifications, view a video explaining Defeat the Peak, and learn more about the program by visiting www.burlingtonelectric.com/peak. Burlington Electric also shares information about peak day alerts with the community through social media channels, including Facebook and Twitter.
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