Your morning begins with a routine — turning on lights in your home, powering up the coffee maker and switching on the morning news. However, as you start your day, so does everyone else. On the utility side, energy usage levels rise as everyone wakes up, gets ready for school or heads to work. As businesses open, they also use more electricity to prepare for the day.
Morning is only one of the times when energy is in higher demand than others — periods known as peak hours. Ensuring everyone in an area has enough power during these high-demand times is where demand-side management (DSM) comes into play.