During summer in South East Queensland, between 4pm and 8pm, thousands of us do exactly the same thing.
We turn on the TV, make dinner, turn on the air-conditioner, use the computer, put on the dishwasher, the dryer, and more.
All that combined energy use creates daily peak demand.
We all contribute to peak electricity demand every day.
Daily peak demand usually occurs between 4pm and 8pm, when people get home for the day and switch on appliances simultaneously.
Network peak demand occurs only a few times a year, usually when we experience extreme temperatures.
That's when a much higher number of people use high-energy appliances - such as air-conditioners and pool pumps - at the same time as other everyday appliances such as computers, laptops, TVs, cook tops, ovens, dishwashers, washing machines and dryers.
Millions are spent on extra electricity infrastructure to cater for these peak times.
Network peak demand periods are forecast to grow, driven by a growing population and a growing number of appliances in use.
Energex's infrastructure is designed to cope with these peaks, and we can continue to upgrade the system to manage growing demand.
However, this is not the most sustainable approach as network peak demand only occurs on a handful of days, the extra capacity we must have available simply isn't used most of the time.
In fact, 16 per cent of Energex's network capacity is only used for a few hours, a few times a year. That's wasteful, and it's expensive.
We are looking for more sustainable solutions that will see us use our resources more efficiently, impact less on the environment, and reduce customers' bills.
Here are some tips for reducing electricity use at peak times:
Small things make a big difference.
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