As a society we rely on electricity to power many of the day to day items we use – from lights, washing machines, cookers, TV’s, phones to cars. With electricity usage increasing as we use more appliances that require power the closer we get to seeing the load on our networks reach maximum capacity. As a result more power stations and cleaner greener forms of electricity generation are needed to maintain our supply. This puts a challenge on the electricity network which in some instances requires a need for upgrade to the existing cables and local sub stations.
As well as protecting our power supply we need to reduce our energy usage to protect the planet. Power stations that burn fossil fuels like coal, gas and oil produce carbon dioxide. The more we use, the more we pollute our planet.
Through the work of the SAVE Project we have come to understand that finding ways to encourage people to reduce their energy usage, especially at peak times between 4-8pm, can make a big difference.
By shifting some of our usage outside of this period, we can all do our bit to reduce pressure on the local community network. This should mean less disruptive and costly upgrade work. What’s more, since getting electricity to our homes via the distribution network accounts for about a quarter of our household bill, a reduction in the amount of essential maintenance will help to reduce long-term price rises. So, it’s a win / win!
Looking at the chart, you can see where the pressure points are!
So, please ask yourself … ‘Can it wait ‘til after 8?’