Reducing the Peak
Whitehorse uses mostly clean electricity, produced from water flowing through turbines. During the winter, when less water is available, LNG and diesel-generated electricity supplements the hydro power during periods of peak demand. Typically from 6-9 am and 4-7 pm, many electricity-consuming appliances and pieces of equipment are being turned on at once, such as computers, heaters, and stoves.
Reducing your peak demand will help reduce the amount of fossil fuel burned for electricity, particularly in winter. Yukoners who pay demand charges can also reduce their monthly bill by reducing peak consumption. Here are some ideas for reducing the peak:
- Check Yukon Energy's current consumption page to know whether we are burning diesel or LNG for electricity at this moment.
- Use appliances off peak. Delaying use of appliances, or using them at night will help smooth out the hydro load. Some ideas:
- Put your dishwasher on a timer rather than washing dishes right after dinner. Delaying your dishwasher after breakfast will also help reduce the morning peak.
- Wash and dry your clothes in off-peak hours.
- Other appliances where use can be delayed include the oven (especially self-clean cycle), vacuum cleaner, treadmill, and computer (e.g. run updates at night).
- Shower at off-peak times. A quick shower in the morning is no big deal, but save long showers or baths for before bed, or right after you exercise.
- Alter your heating program. If you’re not already using a programmable thermostat, consider switching so that your furnace will go down at times when you’re regularly out of the house. Many people program their heat to go up when they awaken and down an hour or two later. Consider moving your heating period slightly earlier to level out the peak over a longer period of time (i.e. heat from 5-7am rather than 6-8am). Obviously, this is most significant for those heating with electricity, but oil and propane heating systems also use electricity.