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Weather forecasters expect Tuesday afternoon's temperatures to reach the mid-90s. Duck River Electric Membership Corporation predicts that this will be the highest daily purchase of energy from TVA so far this month.

Because of that, they are asking consumers to help limit that purchase.

“Our daily max purchase from TVA sets the demand portion of our monthly wholesale power bill, and that equals 40 percent of our monthly bill,” explains DREMC Member Services Manager Carol Garrette. “Our Beat the Peak program is all about lowering the peak energy usage on the hottest predicted days for just a few hours."

Every month DREMC tries to predict the handful of potential peak days and recommends conserving energy on those days.

"If we get it right, the money saved eventually impacts retail rates,” Garrette said. 

The Beat the Peak alert window is from 4-6 p.m. DREMC asks that members turn up their air conditioner thermostats by three degrees during the peak period.

If the setting is normally 75 degrees, adjusting the thermostat to 78 will help lessen the energy demand.

In addition, members should:

  • Defer use of hot water. Give the electric water heater a break by not showering, running the dishwasher or using the washing machine.
  • Delay running the clothes dryer.
  • Close shades and curtains to block sunlight. Those with a swimming pool are asked to turn off the water circulation pump.
  • Turn off lights in unoccupied rooms.
  • Keep the oven turned off.

When the peak period has passed, normal electricity use can resume.

“With Beat the Peak, we attempt to hold down DREMC’s wholesale power bill,” Garrette added. “To reduce your individual bill, look for many resources on our website including home energy audits, energy calculators, and low-cost/no-cost summertime tips. Also, The Tennessee Magazine, mailed monthly to our consumer-members, features energy efficiency advice worth checking out.”

Beat the Peak is a network of thousands of residential households that are sent peak-alert warnings via email, text message and ads broadcast on local radio stations.

Members voluntarily reduce their electricity use during the time when DREMC predicts a new potential peak demand.

To sign up for Beat the Peak emails and texts, go to www.dremc.com and click on the “My Account” tab, or contact your local DREMC office.

Duck River Electric Membership Corporation, a Touchstone Energy cooperative, is a not-for-profit, member-owned organization providing electric and other services to over 76,000 homes and businesses in southern Middle Tennessee.

DREMC serves an area of approximately 2,500 square miles in Bedford, Cannon, Coffee, Franklin, Giles, Grundy, Hickman, Lawrence, Lewis, Lincoln, Marion, Marshall, Maury, Moore, Rutherford, and Williamson counties in southern Middle Tennessee.