A: There are a number of benefits for the community as a whole and for individual residents and businesses. For one, we keep a lid on rate hikes if we take action when an Energy Hero Peak Alert is announced. This is because electricity must be produced on demand, and during peak demand periods additional generators are required. These generators are more costly to operate, and, therefore, they drive up energy costs. By avoiding demand peaks, we can potentially save hundreds of thousands of dollars each year, which, in turn, helps keeps rates in line.
In addition to short-term cost savings, conservation can reduce our long-term need for additional power plants. When usage is at its highest, the energy system is reaching its limit, signaling the need for additional generators. Managing our use is a good way to reduce the need for more power plants.