Do the Summer Shift - You can make a difference!

Each summer, Allamakee-Clayton Electric Cooperative encourages members to reduce electric use on weekdays between the hours of 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Why? Consumers in our region use more electricity summer weekdays from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. so it costs more to provide power during those hours. For comparison, think of the maximum electricity use in those hours as “electricity rush hour.” Providing the electricity needed during “rush hour” requires every source of power generation to be maximized and transmission routes to reach capacity. Costs can become extremely high, reaching many multiples of our typical rates. 

We do have options, though. Our energy provider, Dairyland Power Cooperative, continues to encourage us to help limit our summer wholesale electricity costs by shifting electricity use to hours of lower cost on summer weekdays—either before 11 a.m. or after 7 p.m.

Join us and do the Summer Shift to help control costs. It’s easy:

•     Shift energy use outside the hours of 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. summer weekdays.

•     Delay the dishwasher.

•     Turn up the thermostat.

•     Shift the start of the laundry.

•     Be conscientious of the time of day when using computers, televisions and electronic games.

•     Take advantage of daytime natural light.