Saving energy during peak times

During summer, thousands of us come home and turn on air-conditioners, TVs, washing machines and other appliances in the home. All this combined energy use between 4pm and 8pm creates a huge load on the electricity network that we call peak demand. Millions of dollars are spent on extra electricity infrastructure just to cater for these peak times. In fact, 16 per cent of the capacity of the network is used for only a few hours, on a few hot days each year.

The network demand meter, shown in the top right corner of this website, shows the current demand for electricity in South East Queensland, updated every 30 minutes.

Current demand reading: Loading value...(MW)

Record summer peak: 4760 (MW) Summer 2009/10

Record winter peak: 4343 (MW) Winter 2008/09

What you can do at home

During summer between 4pm and 8pm, you can help reduce peak demand by taking some simple actions.

  • Use the dishwasher outside peak times.
  • Hang your clothes out on the line during the day.
  • If you need to use your air-conditioner, set it to 24 degrees and turn other appliances you're not using off.
  • Use the BBQ instead of your oven or cooktop.
  • Turn off TVs and other appliances when you're not using them.
  • More tips on how to save energy.

Be part of the solution and find out how you can be involved in Energex's initiatives to reduce peak demand.

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