Think supply and demand: When demand for a product is high, prices rise. The same is true for electricity. On hot summer afternoons or cold winter nights, your home is using a lot of electricity. When everyone's air conditioners or furnaces are on at the same time, demand for electricity is high. Your electric cooperative purchases wholesale power based on how high that demand is.
Load management helps keep rates affordable by shifting select electricity usage from peak times to lower‑demand times.
Big energy users around your home, like a hot water heater, may be eligible for enrollment in a load management program. The first step is contacting your local co-op to find out which services and rebates are offered in your area.START HERE
Load management can reduce energy use on the farm. Contact your local co-op for more information on farm equipment that can be enrolled in load management as well as which rebates are available in your area.START HERE
Want to conserve energy around your business? Contact your local co-op to ask about rebates and how load management can help reduce the energy used by your industrial processes.
It's easy! Contact your local Touchstone Energy® Cooperative to see which electric equipment or appliances ("loads") you can enroll. At home, that could mean water heaters and air conditioners. On the farm or at work, that could mean larger systems like irrigation units, bin fans and other industrial processes.
After you enroll, the electricity to the equipment will be remotely managed by your co-op to make efficient use of electricity during peak times to keep costs low.
Load control typically happens on hot summer days and cold winter days. Loads are cycled off in such a way that reduces inconveniences.
More than 70,000 member homes, farms and businesses are already enrolled in the program and are saving money and energy right now. The more members who sign up, the more everyone saves.
Lower wholesale power costs for your electric cooperative — savings passed on to you.
Reduced energy use is not only budget friendly — it's environmentally friendly, too.
Special rebates on select new equipment — including electric water heaters.
Then give them a call to learn more about their local load management program.