Danville Utilities customers asked to cut back on electricity usage three hours a day for next two weeks

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(Photo: Courtesy Paulnasca / CC BY 2.0 via MGN Online)

(Photo: Courtesy Paulnasca / CC BY 2.0 via MGN Online)

DANVILLE, Va. (WFXR) — In light of a peak power advisory issued by its wholesale power supplier, Danville Utilities asks its customers to cut back on electricity usage each weekday afternoon for the next two weeks.

Officials say conserving energy from 3 to 6 p.m. each weekday over the next two weeks will help save on future power supply costs with Danville Utilities.

During these three-hour periods — according to the City of Danville’s statement on Monday, July 6 — the peak power advisory reports the demand for electricity across the regional power grid serving Danville may be at the highest point of the year due to above-average temperatures.

“Plenty of power will be available, but these high load periods are the electric utility industry’s equivalent of rush-hour traffic. Municipal electric utilities pay added demand-based charges for an entire year based on what their communities are using during these hours,” Danville city officials say. “For every 1,000 kilowatts curtailed during the peak hours, Danville Utilities will save $155,000 toward 2021 power supply costs.”

During these peak periods, Danville Utilities customers are encouraged to take a few simple steps to conserve energy.

  • Run the dishwasher, do laundry, and handle other household chores that require electricity during hours other than the peak hours.
  • Use fans and turn the thermostat on your air conditioner thermostat up five degrees.
  • Turn off unnecessary lights and unplug small appliances and electric chargers (especially those with small lights).

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