Level Your Load

Leveling your Load means shifting your electricity use to off-peak hours. This simple step:

  • involves no out-of-pocket costs;
  • significantly reduces energy costs; and
  • reduces carbon emissions.

The graph below shows how energy costs and carbon emissions skyrocket between 5 and 8 PM on a summer peak day.

Energy Cost and Carbon Emissions - System Peak - July 20, 2022

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When you and your neighbors wait until off-peak hours to use most of your energy, it helps everyone by stabilizing costs and protecting the electric grid - especially during really hot or cold weather.

Daily peaks occur weekdays between 2-8 PM. Seasonal peaks occur during these hours on the hottest summer and coldest winter days when residential and business customers use the most electricity for heating and cooling.

How can you Level your Load?

When you reduce your electricity use during peak hours, everyone benefits with lower electric rates and a cleaner environment, because the WMLP can reduce its use of low-efficiency electricity generating plants which operating only during peak periods.

Coming soon: Time-of-Day Rates

To encourage our customers to use most of their electricity before 2 PM, after 8 PM, or on the weekends WMLP will soon institute Time-of-Day Rates. Customers will be charged higher peak rates and lower off-peak rates to more accurately reflect energy costs during the day.