Appliances like washers, dryers and dishwashers are convenient and common in most homes, but they are also strains on the power grid. The best time to run these appliances is at night or first thing in the morning. The peak time for energy usage in most communities is between the hours of 4 p.m. and 6 p.m.; when too many people are running appliances and home air conditioning during these hours, it can often lead to blackouts. Run appliances during off-peak hours to save money and help lessen the strain on the grid.
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