Defeat the Peak

We Did It!

We met our goal! By taking action to reduce energy usage yesterday on August 8, Burlingtonians saved over 530 kilowatts, which is equivalent to the peak electricity used by approximately 530 homes. Not only did we help the environment, but also we will be awarding $1,000 each to our nonprofit partner Burlington Partnership for a Healthy Community. BED runs our Defeat the Peak program to help reduce energy usage during the region’s peak and provide significant savings for BED and our customers. Thank you!

What Is A Peak

What Is A Peak?

Energy prices for the year are set based on how much energy we use on the hottest days. If we use less energy on those high-demand days, costs go down.

What is This Event

What’s This Event?

We’re letting people know when the peak is going to happen, asking you to conserve energy on that day.

Sign up for Defeat the Peak Alerts!

What Can I Do

How Do I Sign Up?

We will send you an email alert when the peak is coming and what you can do. After the peak we’ll let you know how much you saved.  

Local Nonprofits Win When We Defeat The Peak

When we save energy, we save money for all customers and will use a portion of the savings to make a donation to a deserving local nonprofit. It is our way of saying thank you to our customers and our community for pitching in to Defeat the Peak. Donations are given when our customers reach our BED-selected savings target.  

What You Can Do During A Peak Event

Burlingtonians can lend a hand by taking the following steps on what is projected to be an unusually hot summer day:

  • Raise thermostat temperatures or turn off air conditioners and wait until after 7:00pm to return to previous settings.
  • Wait until after 7:00pm or later to use washing machines, clothing dryers, dishwashers, and other appliances.
  • Turn off non-essential lights until 7:00pm or later.
  • Avoid charging electric vehicles until after 7:00pm (or until 10:00pm if you are on BED’s special off-peak charging rate).
  • Delay other discretionary electric consumption until after 7:00pm.
  • Please be aware of minimum ventilation requirements and airflow patterns related to COVID-19 – more information is available on the Vermont Occupational Safety and Health Administration (VOSHA) website.
Stay Cool

Ways to Save on Cooling

Summer is finally here! The BED Energy Services team is here to help you reduce the amount of money you pay to stay comfortable during hot weather.

  • Cool & Inexpensive Tips
  • Get the most out of your current equipment
  • Find the most energy-efficient way to stay cool

Learn More

Attention Nonprofits

Please complete this form if your organization would like to be considered as a Defeat the Peak partner eligible to receive a $1,000 contribution. Thank you.

Today’s Usage – Burlington, VT