Over the years, Lakeland Electric has only been able to measure a residential customers energy use on a limited bases. However today using Smart Grid technology, we have the ability to look at how much energy all are customers use during each hour of the day. One use for this data is being able to answer customer questions such as “how much more energy do I use on Thanksgiving day compared to another Thursdays in November ?"
The chart below answers this question. It shows a comparison of the average hourly consumption of our ~102,000 residential customers on Thanksgiving day 2013 and the Thursday of the week before. Between the two days we can clearly see the impact of cooking a holiday dinner in the middle of the day. The stove and range portion of the energy increased on Thanksgiving day is approximately 8kWh. This represents approximately 80% of the total 10 kWh increase in energy use between the two Thursdays.
Chart: average increased residential consumption - Source: Lakeland Electric Smart Grid