A common Californian’s monthly utility bill is now comprised of a significant portion of demand charges. In industrial and commercial sections, the charges could be as much as 50% higher of their current electricity bill. This is something everyone should avoid and more specifically, you can reduce it.
Being merely a consumer of electricity, many of us are now left scratching our heads on how to reduce the peak demand charges. Today we are going to share with you some tips that can help you flatten your electricity demand peaks.
To put it simply, use all your non-essential or periodically essential equipment after peak hours. As an alternative, choose “smart home” systems, which actively turn off to reduce the total demand.
It is always a good practice to turn off or unplug electronic appliances when they are not in use. This small practice will generally save money but especially a bit more around peak demands.
Maintain checks on your equipment. Is a piece of equipment using more electricity than it should be? They may need maintenance, settings changes, or possible replacement.
Solar energy not only gives you the benefit of saving energy throughout the day but also reduced the amount of solar radiation that can penetrate the home/building’s roof and add heat to the building.
Using forms of alternative energy, e.g. solar panels, to generate a portion of the total energy needed is a perfect way to reduce the power draw from the grid. One often overlooked benefit of generating your own energy is that it helps to reduce the effect of peak demand charges in your utility bill.
Installing a battery storage option along with Solar PV System is a pair made in heaven. A battery storage solution gives you the option to use your stored energy when peak demand hours hit. It also serves as a great backup during blackouts or safety shutoffs by your utility company.
The Bottom Line
Solving peak demand issues is an impossible task without real-time data, forecasting, and energy visualizations. To help you with a demand analysis and figuring out the best solution to tackle your demand charges, contact Staten Solar.
A solar energy system has the potential to reduce the effect of demand charges on your utility bill. A solar system generates electricity from the sun allowing your business to use solar-generated electricity as opposed to utility generated electricity. A battery storage system adds additional advantages and makes it a failproof solution.