Beating the Peak
It’s time to get real. There are so many ‘adult’ problems lurking around going completely ignored by our teenage selves until that time comes when we decide that we are finally growing up. And by growing up I’m referring to when most of us deem that we are actual adults which in this day and age, doesn’t seem to happen until we hit 30.
Around 30 seems to be the time when most of us finally become conscious about the ‘adult’ problems we have long been ignoring. I remember opening an envelope and casting my eyes over a massive electricity bill. My jaw just about hit the floor. When you’re mindlessly powering a pool, kitchen, TV’s and an extra freezer, electricity consumption understandably goes through the roof and in my case, the consumption went completely un-noticed.
I had become the energy conscious crazy lady. I would pull out all of the power cords that weren’t in use, I would turn the air conditioner to 24, no more, no less, and for very restricted time periods. The moment a shred of breeze was available I would open every window in the house and unfortunately for Andrew, I decided that the cellar was at a constant enough temperature to not have to put the unit on. This may or may not have been done with his knowledge….
When Western Power approached me to be a Power Mum for their ‘Beat the Peak’ campaign it was a no brainer. Being conscious about energy consumption during peak periods and ultimately lightening the load on the network and on my hip pocket was a message I was very happy to spread.Over the next 3 weeks I have joined forces with Western Power as a Power Mum to encourage everyone to become conscious of the energy they are using in the afternoon and perhaps the best news of all is that there are some fantastic giveaways too.
Our energy consumption peaks between the hours of 4 to 8pm. If you’re like me, this is after the school pick up and sometimes in between after school sport and dinner. 4pm is also around the time when my kids hit that post school slump and if we race home for afternoon tea Autumn has been known to sneak away and put herself to bed. Not ideal for a 7pm bed time. It’s also about the time when the TV get’s turned on and we start cranking the air conditioner if it’s been a particularly hot day.
To ‘Beat the Peak’ and combat the after school slump, most afternoons I will pack my bag with afternoon tea, a cricket set, golf clubs or a football and head straight to the park for some fun with the kids. Hanging out outdoors together as a family not only eliminates that last bit of stimulated energy the kids are carrying around from school but it also means we are doing our bit to beat the peak and lighten the load on the afternoon energy consumption.
Now for the giveaways!! There is a chance to win one of 3 x vouchers for Forrest Chase (valued at $250) and 3 x Family Gift Cards to Adventure World.
To be in the running all you have to do is head to the Western Power website upload a picture of you beating the peak between 4 and 8pm and the winner will be announced each week on the Western Power Facebook page.