Heartland’s Peak Savers program rewards members for reducing energy use during critical hours on peak alert days in July and August. Members who effectively reduce power use during peak hours are paid for their efforts.
In July and August, Heartland will declare Peak Alerts when electricity use is expected to reach critical levels. These alerts will be sent out at 5 p.m. the day before, asking you to reduce the amount of electricity you use the following day between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. For every kilowatt hour reduced during the peak alert window, we will pay you $1.
The best way to lower your peak is to adjust your home’s thermostat up three degrees or more, and delay running large electric appliances like clothes dryers, dishwashers and ovens. Changing how you prepare meals can have a big impact. Leave the oven and stove off and use the microwave. Even better, cook outside on your grill and keep all that heat out of your home.
To see exactly how changes in your lifestyle affect your power usage, sign up for SmartHub. Our online portal to your account shows monthly, daily and even hourly usage. That way you can see for yourself the effect of turning off appliances! Data feeding Heartland’s SmartHub is updated once every 24 hours.
To receive notification of Peak Alerts, Heartland members can sign up to receive text message alerts on cell phones, e-mail alerts on computers, or automated calls to telephones. We will also announce peak alerts through our Facebook account www.facebook.com/HeartlandREC. Participants must receive these notifications in order to take part in the program. Peak Alerts will not be issued on Saturdays, Sundays, or on the Fourth of July holiday.
Heartland members who enroll will see three benefits. First, you will earn money back from Heartland as a reward for reducing the amount of electricity used during Peak Alerts. Second, Peak Savers participants will reduce monthly electric bills by paying more attention to efficiency and conservation. Third, lowering the cooperative’s peak helps us all by reducing the need for additional power generation plants, and reducing the need for additional electric delivery infrastructure such as electric transmission and distribution lines, all of which will help us keep electric rates low in the future.
To enroll, call our office at 1-800-835-9586.