Delmarva Power asks users to conserve during heat spell

Delmarva Power asks customers to conserve energy on Tuesday, as high temperatures are forecasted for the region.

Power supply in the region is expected to be sufficient to meet anticipated high demand.

For Delaware residential and small commercial customers, Tuesday will be a Peak Savings Day which means customers will be rewarded with bill credits when they voluntarily reduce energy use.

Delaware customers will automatically receive a phone call indicating that the savings period will be from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesday.

Delaware residential and small commercial customers who reduce energy use below their specified baseline during the specific hours of the Peak Savings Day can receive a credit of $1.25 off their bill for every kilowatt hour (kWh) of reduced usage through the Peak Energy Savings Credit program.

For Delaware and Maryland customers participating in Delmarva Power’s Energy Wise Rewards program, a conservation event will be called from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesday.

This means that Delmarva Power will cycle participants’ air conditioner compressors off and on for short intervals during these hours.

Because the air conditioner fans will continue to run, most customers will not notice a temperature change in their homes, and those who do should experience only a 1- to 3-degree change. It may take up to a half-hour after the test event ends at 6 p.m. for air conditioners to resume normal operations.

Energy Wise Rewards is a voluntary program for customers, offering a choice of a programmable thermostat or an outdoor switch, which the utility installs at no charge to customers. During summer periods of peak electric demand, Energy Wise Rewards works to reduce electricity usage by cycling air conditioner compressors off and on for short periods during times of peak electricity use.

Customers will receive a bill reduction in return for allowing Delmarva Power to cycle their air conditioners a few days each year.

Customers can learn more about Peak Energy Savings Credits by calling 1-855-750-PEAK or visiting www.delmarva.com. To learn more about Energy Wise Rewards, call 1-866-353-5799 or visit www.delmarva.com/rewards.

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