Vermont Electric Cooperative, Inc,Vermont Electric Cooperative (VEC), based in Johnson, is encouraging its members to conserve energy for today, July 13 between the hours of noon and 5 pm when demand for electricity is expected to spike as a result of high temperatures throughout New England.Here is what Coop memebers can do to help beat the peak:On Monday between 12 pm and 5 pmTurn off all unnecessary lights.Try not to use major appliances such as dishwashers, washing machines, and clothes dryers.Raise your thermostat or air conditioner by 3 degrees.VEC implements the Beat the Peak program to promote conservation during peak energy events. According to CEO Dave Hallquist, “If VEC members can collectively beat the peak by conserving electricity during peak energy times, this helps to control costs that impact electric rates. “In a cooperative, when one member conserves, we all save.” explained Hallquist.VEC has been issuing Beat the Peak alerts since 2012. VEC members interested in “beating the peak” can sign up to receive alerts by their preferred method of communication such as e-mail, text, or phone messages. For more information about VEC’s Beat the Peak program, visit VEC’s website atwww.vermontelectric.coop/beat-the-peak(link is external) or call 1-800-832-2667.