Rein in your energy costs with a Demand Controller
How it works
The Demand Controller monitors your overall electricity usage, including peak-time usage. It makes sure you don’t go over a preset peak level. In return, you qualify for our lower demand service rate.
The Demand Controller controls your major electric appliances to limit the peak energy use in your home. The Demand Controller will monitor your electricity use and begin shutting off your major appliances on a prioritized basis as your demand reaches your preset kilowatt limit. When your demand begins decreasing, the controller will begin restoring power to each of your major appliances.
The bottom line is you could save 20 percent or more on your electric bill. And because you control your demand limit, how much you save is totally up to you.
For more information about how it works, watch the video below.
How to get it
Contact the Energy Services Department to get started.
What you get
|Controls major appliances including those for heating, cooling, water heating, clothes dryer and hot tubs||
|Maximum value feature||You can use three times the on-peak demand during off-peak hours with no demand charge.|
|Free rate comparison analysis||Compare your recent electric cost and usage with the residential demand service rate.|
Frequently asked questions
Demand is the rate at which you use electricity during a 15-minute period. As you turn on more lights, appliances and electric heating equipment, you increase your individual electric demand.
During the month, your meter records how much energy you use, along with the highest 15-minute demand, which is measured in kilowatts. For example, if you have 10 100-watt light bulbs on at one time, the demand is 1 kilowatt. If they remain on for one hour, the energy used is one kilowatt-hour.
After recording the 15-minute peak, the meter resets the demand indicator to zero to start a new billing period.
Your monthly bill includes a customer charge, a charge for measured demand, and a charge for how much energy you used during the billing period.
The table below lists typical demands for several common home appliances. The rating of your own appliances will be found on the "nameplate" attached by the manufacturer.
|Oven (self-clean cycle)||4.8|
|Range (large surface unit)||2.5|
|Range (small surface unit)||1.3|
Air conditioners also consume a lot of electricity. Room units range from 1 to 3 kW demand; central units range from 2 to 5 kW.
Nope. The unit will monitor the total electrical usage in your home in order to determine the total demand used at a given time.
Nope. The demand service rate and the Demand Controller are designed for any of our residential customers with a high monthly energy usage.
The maximum value feature allows you three times the on-peak demand during weekends, designated holidays and nightly off-peak periods. The Demand Controller will automatically limit your use of major appliances during the on-peak periods. You will only be billed for the kilowatt demand recorded during the on-peak periods and energy consumed. There is no limit or charge for the off-peak kilowatt demand.
The off-peak and on-peak time periods are as follows:
Summer season — weekdays — April 1-October 31
On-peak time: 10 a.m.-10 p.m.
Off-peak time: 10 p.m.-10 a.m.
Winter season —weekdays — November 1-March 31
On-peak time: 7 a.m.-11 p.m.
Off-peak time: 11 p.m.-7 a.m.
Weekends: All weekends are considered off-peak time periods. The off-peak weekend time frame is:
Summer: 10 p.m. Friday to 10 a.m. Monday
Winter: 11 p.m. Friday to 7 a.m. Monday
The following holidays are considered off-peak:
- New Year's Day
- Labor Day
- President's Day
- Veteran's Day
- Memorial Day
- Thanksgiving Day
- Independence Day
- Christmas Day
A holiday is considered off-peak only on the day it occurs. The hours may be shifted according to the recognized Daylight Savings Time in the local area and customers will be given prior notice of such change.
The demand controller package varies in price depending on the type of electric heating and cooling equipment you are controlling through the unit. The package includes demand controller set station, relay box and wire. The price may increase based on added equipment for unique installations.