The Washington, D.C. metro area has one of the highest electricity rates in the country.
But the area’s utility companies have been busy charging electric vehicles, charging electric cars and plugging into power plants to provide power to homes.
The DC area’s largest utility, MetroPCS, has been working on the next phase of its $50 million electric vehicle charging network, and the utility is expected to be ready to begin service this month.
In the meantime, the DC area is looking to be an electric vehicle capital of the world by 2020.
Here’s how to make sure your charging network is ready for prime time.
Get ready for a surge in demand from electric vehicles in the DC metro area.
The city is home to a total of 1.8 million electric vehicles (EVs), but the demand is likely to increase.
At a peak, there could be as many as a million electric cars on the road in the metro area each day.
To cope with this demand, DC utilities are planning to add thousands of new charging stations.
Plug into power plant for free.
There are hundreds of charging stations in the Metro DC region, and DC utilities have been testing out a pilot program that lets users plug in their charging stations at a substation for free and then have the power plant generate electricity.
The stations generate up to 1.5 megawatts of power for each plug-in and power the system for 30 minutes.
But because of the surge in usage, DC power companies have also begun using generators to generate power to power the stations.
Use the free energy to power your home.
Some people use their charging station to charge their phones, tablets, computers, video game consoles and more.
But if you want to charge your home at home, you’ll need to pay for the electricity.
DC utilities charge customers a fee of $2 to $3 per kilowatt hour for residential customers.
But DC customers can use that fee to power their homes.
Use your charging station when there’s a surge of demand.
For example, if you’re at work and want to use the charging station, but there are people at home who want to go outside, you could charge them to go inside your home for free to charge up their phones or other electronics.
But don’t use the charge to power an air conditioner or other appliance.
Check the energy usage of your home before you charge.
It’s always a good idea to check the energy consumption of your house.
Plug in your charging system when the power supply drops or you run out of electricity.
If you see an increase in the energy demand, check your home energy use.
Turn off the plug at the end of the day.
DC customers use the electric grid to deliver power to the entire region, so if you have an electric meter or meter reader, you should turn it off.
Turn on the meter at the beginning of the next day.
Some utilities charge for meter readings to get an idea of how much electricity they’re using.
But it’s also possible to use your meter to measure the energy used when you charge your device.
You’ll want to make this adjustment if you see any significant changes in your energy use over the course of the morning or evening.
When charging your home, charge at the peak.
Some customers have complained about having to charge all at once at the start of the charge, but the DC charging network uses a technique called a “peak charge” that reduces peak power usage at certain times of day.
This helps reduce peak demand.
Check for peak demand at the time you charge, when you expect the peak demand to drop.
If the peak power use increases at that time, make adjustments to your charging schedule to ensure you’re charging the maximum amount of power.
Check your meter for spikes in demand.
You might see a sudden surge in power usage as the power grid begins to use up more electricity.
Check that your meter doesn’t display spikes in power demand, or if there are any spikes in electricity usage.
Check to make adjustments.
Make adjustments to the way you charge at night and when you’re not charging.
Check when you can expect power to return to normal.
You may be surprised at how quickly your home’s power system can recover from a surge.
If there are spikes in your power usage, try charging at the appropriate time and make adjustments accordingly.