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Conservation Gauge

Dakota Electric encourages members to save energy every day, but some days require extra energy-saving measures to keep electricity use and costs down. Dakota Electric developed the conservation gauge to inform members when increased demand for electricity drives up wholesale power costs. Taking extra energy-saving measures during these times can help keep future electricity prices lower for all members.

Dakota Electric updates the conservation gauge every afternoon to reflect conservation needs for the next day. For example, Dakota Electric updates the gauge on Tuesday afternoon to reflect the conservation needs for Wednesday. Informing members of the next day's forecasted electricity use allows members to prepare for conservation measures. For example, a member may wake up early to do laundry or close the blinds before leaving for work on a peak use day.

Normal Use


Normal Use

No special energy-saving measures are necessary. Still, Dakota Electric encourages members to find ways to conserve energy in their homes every day. Following are some tips to get you started.


Thank you for saving energy!


Peak Use


Peak Use

Electricity use is forecasted to be especially high today. As a result, Dakota Electric is incurring high wholesale energy costs and promoting wise energy use to reduce the impact. By working together to reduce energy use, we can help keep power costs down; therefore, Dakota Electric is asking members to voluntarily conserve energy from noon until 10 p.m. with the following tips:


  • Delay running the dishwasher, clothes washer and clothes dryer until 10 p.m. or the next morning.
  • Instead of using the oven to prepare meals, try grilling, making meals in the microwave or dining out.
  • Close your window shades and drapes to keep the sun out.
  • Turn off lights, appliances and other electric items that are not needed.Do not forget pool pumps, dehumidifers or pumps for water features such as ponds and fountains.
  • Set your thermostat at 78 degrees or higher.
  • Join the more than 40,000 members on Cycled Air.
  • Sign up to receive e-mail notices on peak and critical use days
Thank you for saving energy!


Critical Use


Critical Use
Dakota Electric and regional utilities are in a rare and temporary period of critical electricity use, and Dakota Electric is asking members to do everything they can to reduce energy use until further notice. Critical energy use often results from unique circumstances such as extreme regional electricity demand requirements, prolonged periods of extreme weather or excessive transmission constraints. All of us working together can make a big difference. The following are suggestions for reducing usage:

  • Instead of using the oven to prepare meals, try making meals in the microwave or dining out.
  • Turn off all unnecessary indoor and outdoor lights.
  • Turn off and unplug computers, home entertainment equipment and other electronic equipment, including chargers for cell phones and MP3 players.
  • Delay running your dishwasher, clothes washer and clothes dryer until after 10 p.m.
  • Set your thermostat at 78 degrees or higher.
  • Turn off appliances and other electric items that are not needed.
  • Use fans to increase cooling efficiency.
  • Close window shades and drapes to keep out the sun's warmth.
  • Take shorter showers.
  • Sign up to receive e-mail notices on peak and critical use days
Thank you for saving energy!