The second day of 90-plus degree heat has prompted the Delaware Electric Cooperative to put out a “Beat the heat” advisory.
What that means is residents in Sussex and Kent County who get their utility services from the Cooperative are encourage to turn off all unnecessary lights and appliances between 3 and 7pm on Tuesday.
These advisories go out periodically when the utility believes electric usage will be high. The notice says it usually pays pennies per kilowatt hour during normal electrical use. However, during peak periods it might pay up to $1/kilowatt hour. Those costs are directly passed on to the consumer.
The Delaware Electric Cooperative serves 82,000 homes in Sussex and Kent Counties.