With forecast highs for Madison of 98 on Tuesday and 94 on Wednesday, the Madison Electric Utility is asking residents to consider conserving energy from 3 to 6 p.m. on those days to ease the strain on the electric grid and, in turn, the utility's budget.
"We expect the electric grid that serves Madison to experience very high energy demand" during that time, a borough email says.
Increased demand can lead to costly "peak demand charges" that can total millions of dollars for the borough. By having residents and business voluntarily reduce electric consumption for a few hours on the hottest days of the year, the borough estimates it could save $80,000 in peak demand charges.
According to the borough website,
These savings could help reduce electric rates AND help reduce property taxes.
Among the suggestions:
- Turn off unnecessary lights and electronics and unplug charging units.
- Postpone use of major appliances such as your electric clothes dryer or dish washer until after 7 p.m.
- Turn your electric hot water heater to 'vacation' setting.
- Temporarily raise your air conditioning unit to 77 degrees.
- Consider turning down your air conditioner and going to the movies, mall, library or other public building.