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Beat the Peak is a free, voluntary program encouraging members to shift electric use away from the peak-use hours anytime between 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. The time varies with each peak, and URE will notify our members of the specific time frame. The price URE pays for electricity rises sharply during those times, so Beat the Peak allows members to help URE reduce costs associated with power.  This is an opportunity for all our members to save money! The cost of generating electricity increases as the demand for electricity increases. If you participate in our Radio Control Switch program, the switch will be controlled during the peak times.

All it takes is making some simple changes at home, including:

  • Raising the thermostat in your home by 3 degrees during peak hours.
  • Shifting your use of hot water away from the peak-demand hours.
  • Avoiding the use of major appliances between the peak hours of  2 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Together, small changes in how we use electricity can have a big impact on URE’s power costs.


• Find out how all these little changes can add up to big savings at

Together We Save Around the Home - Stopping Phantom Loads (HD)

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