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Demand

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Demand is the single highest hour of on-peak energy used during a billing cycle. It’s averaged over an entire hour so you don’t have to worry about any one moment in time.

Save by shifting or staggering energy usage during on-peak hours

You can save on your energy costs by shifting your usage from on-peak to off-peak hours, such as:

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Setting your dishwasher to run on a delay cycle
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Running your pool pump during the day before 3 p.m.
Mother and her daughter folding laundry.
Do your laundry on the weekends.

Or you can stagger the use of major appliances so they don't run at the same time during on-peak hours.

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For example, you can start your laundry after you cook dinner.
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For more ways of saving, see our list of Energy Savings Tips.

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An example of how demand is calculated
Let's look at an example of two families—with identical appliances — who have different demand based on how many major appliances they're using at the same time, for one hour, during on-peak hours, Monday - Friday.

Priority of comfort and convenience

Come home from work and during one on-peak hour they:
  • Set their AC at 75
  • Cook dinner
  • Start a few loads of laundry
  • Run their pool pump

More concerned with saving money

Come home from work and during one on-peak hour they:
  • Set their AC at 75
  • Cook dinner

Then during off peak hours they:

  • Start a few loads of laundry
  • Run their pool pump
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