It’s no surprise that a lot of homeowners look forward to receiving their monthly electric bills. Extreme weather changes can heavily affect the final total and while homeowners have come to expect those fluctuations, they do realize that there’s more to electricity charges than meets the eye.
Peak hours charges play a significant role in determining your total electricity bill. To put it plainly, peak hour charges are fees electricity customers pay during periods of high demand which is usually between 6PM to 10PM for consumers in Karachi. Typically, these high demand times occur during the time when families are most active at home whether having dinner, watching TV or using other electrical appliances as they settle in for the night. Because of this, families often don’t realize that their daily activities at home are leading them to accrue additional electrical fees. Luckily, there are steps homeowners can take to help avoid these charges. And while saving money is definitely a plus, there are additional reasons why homeowners should reduce usage during peak hours.
In areas like Karachi that experience high temperatures with the humid environments, homeowners need to avoid pulling from the grid during these peak hours to reduce strain on the grid. Not doing so can result in Power Failures from utility companies, leading to frequent load-shedding, who are trying to manage the load. While troubling, homeowners can respond by doing their part to reduce strain on the grid in a few different ways.
Turn off and Unplug
When it comes to energy conservation, it’s always a good idea to unplug anything that you’re not using but that especially comes in handy when talking about peak hour charges. Proactively turning off or unplugging appliances, fans, lights and other electronic devices that are pulling power from the grid — such as computers, televisions, speakers, chargers, iron and even coffeemakers — will pay off in the long run.
Pre-cool Your Home
The early morning hours are often the coolest part of the day. As such, they present a great opportunity to fully cool your home down by adequately ventilating your house before warmer temperatures creep in the day. This can give your air conditioning a break during the first part of the day and reduce the amount of power needed to maintain a comfortable temperature.
Run Appliances After Hours
One of the best times to take care of needs that require more energy consumption is after peak hours end for the day. While times vary depending on the utility provider, this is often at night. For example, in Karachi peak demand hours end at 10:00 p.m. In most cases, this is typically when demand is at its lowest. Reorganizing priorities so you can run the washing machine, iron, TV, air conditioners to reduce overall electricity bills.
Switch to Solar
Out of all of the suggestions mentioned above, solar energy is one of the most comprehensive solutions when looking to avoid peak demand charges and reduce strain on the grid. Not only does a solar system generate electricity during the hottest parts of the day, but it can also provide electricity savings during peak hours.
Now offering online consultations, MaxGreen Energy consultants go through a series of questions to find the right solution for a homeowner’s energy needs. With all of that power being put to good use, electricity costs can be next to nothing. Some MaxGreen Solar users even brag about receiving an electric bill with a credit balance month to month through net-metering!
While there are various action items you can take to reduce peak charges, having solar on your side is the most foolproof plan. Going solar is easy and can be done from the safety and comfort of your own home through an online consultation. Just fill out the form here to get started.GET FREE CONSULTATION CALL US