After a few weeks of seasonable to below-average temperatures the heat is returning, which means energy curtailment will too.
That heat and humidity puts extra stress on our systems as these curtailment days are our highest energy-users. Energy curtailment allows us to control our maximum energy demand or “peak”. If we can reduce energy where it isn’t needed, we ensure that everything that needs energy is getting it. Lower energy means lower emissions, better air quality, and better health for our community–our mission. It also saves us money as our utility rates are based on peak use. The maximum of energy we use at any given time determines the rate we pay for the entire next year. I can think of many other things to spend money on, can’t you?
Energy Curtailment can be confusing though. Spaces may actually be colder than your chosen set-point and/or in the afternoon the temperature may rise above it. It’s sounds crazy, but both manners can help to save energy. It’s not true at your house but is true here, because of the requirements for patient-care and research spaces. Please see our website for further explanation.
We still need your help! When the outside temperature becomes unbearable, we’ll ask you to help ease the energy load by performing simple actions.
Need to see your colleagues have fun demonstrating these actions? Watch this:
Or you can just read this:
These easy steps combine to have a huge impact, on the hot days and for the year ahead. We know not being able to control your space isn’t optional and appreciate your cooperation in this endeavor. Thank you for helping to improve health, reduce pollution, and save money.