Help reduce air pollution

Why? On peak demand days, some power plants are turned on just to meet excess demand. These are generally less efficient facilities with higher emissions, but they are necessary to avoid power outages. By reducing your demand and shifting use to lower-demand hours, you'll help us generate less electricity from these types of power plants, meaning less release of emissions that cause pollution and contribute to global climate change.
How it works: On hot summer afternoons, air conditioning needs and appliances contribute to the highest electricity demand of the year — often known as "peak demand" periods. We often have to turn on additional power plants to meet this demand. These add pollutants to the air that cause smog and acid rain, and contribute to global climate change. By reducing your energy use during peak periods, you can contribute to overall energy conservation, which ultimately means less pollution.

Step by Step: Some simple actions you can take to reduce energy usage during these times include:
  • Set your to thermostat 78° when you are at work or away.
  • Make your home cooler and reduce your air conditioning needs by drawing curtains and shades. For a longer term solution, plant shade trees or install awnings or window shades outside south- and west- facing windows.
  • Running appliances and electronics adds heat to your home, making your air conditioner work harder to maintain your desired temperature. Unplug electronics or put them on standby mode, and consider replacing old, inefficient appliances with new ones.

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