Cuyahoga Falls is asking its utility customers to conserve energy between 2 and 7 p.m. this week as demand is expected to be at its peak.
Officials say Cuyahoga Falls Electric is billed capacity and transmission charges based on the city’s peak usage the previous year.
“The peak usage amount is set by the city’s usage during the five days and hours when the transmission system was at its peak for the year,” the city said. “Part of the city’s power cost is rolled along to the customers.”
Falls officials say by turning back the thermostat — particularly during the day while people are at work — customers can see immediate savings on their monthly bills.
“Customers know they will save money on their own bills simply by using less electricity,” the city said. “What customers may not have known is that they don’t even have to use less electricity during the whole day to help save money on their bills. Just moving the use of power from the peak time to later in the day during days when it is requested will help make a difference.”
By simply closing the blinds and refraining from using the stove, the city said, customers can also reduce energy consumption.
“The more customers that help, the more the savings will add up,” the city said.
Other energy saving tips include:
• If you’re leaving for the day, set the thermostat higher but don’t turn the system off unless the home will be unoccupied by family members or pets for several days.
• Turn off lights that are not needed.
• Make sure drapes and furniture are not blocking air registers or returns.
• Minimize hot water use to reduce heat and humidity in your house.
• Use ceiling fans and portable fans to keep air moving.
• Postpone using dishwashers, washing machines, dryers and other major appliances until after 7 p.m.