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.

How can you Level your Load?

  • Weekdays: 
    • Charge your EV off-peak by enrolling in WMLP's Bring Your Own Charger program
    • Plan to use major appliances like clothes dryers and dishwashers during off-peak hours
  • During summer months observe Shave the Peak notifications.

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.

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

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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.

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.