Delaware Electric Cooperative (DEC) has recently announced that it will discontinue the Beat the Peak home indicators program starting from October 1. The decision to end the program was primarily driven by the use of outdated and expensive technology required for its functionality.
Co-op members who previously relied on the home indicators are now encouraged to download the new Beat the Peak app. This app provides users with peak alerts in the form of notifications, ensuring that they can still stay informed about peak energy usage periods. The app also offers energy-saving tips and highlights the amount of money saved through the Beat the Peak program since its inception in 2008.
The company emphasizes that by using the app and actively reducing electricity consumption during peak alert times, members can help keep the cost of energy affordable. DEC acknowledges the continuous efforts and support of its members in enabling them to provide affordable energy to the communities they serve, despite the changing landscape of technology.
Looking ahead, DEC is actively working on implementing a system for members to receive peak alerts through automated phone calls. This new feature is expected to launch in the spring of 2024, providing an alternative means of receiving peak alerts for those who prefer telephone notifications.
In the interim, DEC advises members with old meters to recycle them at the Delaware Solid Waste Authority’s electronic recycling center. This ensures the proper disposal of these devices and contributes to environmental sustainability.
DEC’s decision to discontinue the Beat the Peak home indicators program reflects its commitment to embracing newer and more cost-effective technologies. By actively adapting to changing trends and finding innovative solutions, the cooperative aims to provide its members with efficient and affordable energy services.
As the energy industry continues to evolve, it is crucial for companies like DEC to prioritize the delivery of reliable and cost-effective energy to their consumers. By leveraging the potential of advanced technology, the cooperative can ensure a sustainable future for its members and the communities it powers.