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Wednesday, 06 July 2016 14:45

NPU issues Power Alert in response to this week's extreme temperatures

Utility requests customers to conserve electricity as heat arrives in region.
In response to extremely warm and humid weather that is impacting Connecticut this week, Norwich Public Utilities (NPU) has issued a Power Alert, effective between 3:00 pm and 6:00 pm on Wednesday, July 6, 2016. Additional Power Alerts are probable through the end of the week. 
With temperatures reaching the 90s this week, demand for electricity by NPU customers will increase significantly. By encouraging energy efficiency, NPU hopes to decrease the impact on its electrical infrastructure while the high temperatures persist.
In addition, because a portion of NPU’s annual costs for electricity are based on ‘peak demand’ days, by using energy efficiently customers can help keep their overall electric costs lower throughout the year.
“We are encouraging our customers to use power wisely in the days ahead to reduce the strain on our equipment in the field that brings electricity to the homes and businesses we serve,” said John Bilda, General Manager. 
NPU is requesting that customers consider taking a few simple steps this week to conserve electricity that will have little or no impact on their comfort. These tips include:
•  Be smart about using an air conditioner. Only run a window unit when someone is home; NPU recommends setting a central AC system to 73 degrees.
•  Consider waiting until after 6:00 pm to use major appliances like a dishwasher or clothes dryer.
•  Minimize the use of appliances or devices that generate heat before 6:00 pm – computers, curling irons and hair dryers, stereos, and televisions can all add to the heat in your home. 
•  Avoid using the oven to cook and consider using a stove, microwave or grilling outside.
•  Install energy-efficient lighting that runs much cooler than traditional lighting. Only about 10-15% of the electricity that incandescent lights use results in light – the rest is turned to heat.
•  Keep the sun out by installing window coverings to minimize the heat coming into a home.

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