Doing the Electric Shift

Can you believe it is June already?  Well, it’s time again for the “Electric Shift”.   As in the past we need your help in keeping power costs as low as possible.

For those of you who aren’t familiar with the phrase “Electric Shift”, the “Electric Shift” is easy and with a little practice allows you to use electricity more wisely.  During hot, humid days of summer, electric use tends to run extremely high.  This makes the cost of generation to meet this need also high.  Our future power costs, in fact, are partially based on how much power we buy on hot, sticky weekdays between the hours of 1 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. 

On weekdays or series of weekdays when temperatures rise to around 90 degrees with high humidity, “Electric Shift” messages will be broadcasted on WSKE-FM 104.3 and 1040 AM, as well as WJAC-TV 6 (Johnstown) during weather segments of the noon news.  A scrolling message will also be placed on our Web site, during peak hours.

You may be thinking, “How can you help?”  Below are a few steps you can take to help prevent future power cost increases:

  • Set your air conditioners to 78 degrees or use fans instead.

  • Close your curtains and blinds to keep things cooler inside your home.

  • Operate washers, dryers, dishwashers, showers, and other major appliances early in the morning or late in the evening.

  • Minimize the number of times you must open your refrigerator or freezer.

  • Cook with an outdoor grill or a microwave oven.

  • Turn off any non-essential lights.

  • Run pool pumps at night.

If only a few people did the “Electric Shift”, it won’t make much of a difference, but as we all work together, we can make a difference. 

So do your part by doing the “Electric Shift” from June 1 to September 30, 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on hot humid days.  Thank you for making a few changes to help save on future power cost.