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Thursday, 07 July 2016 13:06

NPU issues Power Alert for Thursday afternoon

Conservation measures urged as high temperatures continue.

As extremely high temperatures and humidity continue for a second consecutive day, Norwich Public Utilities (NPU) has issued a Power Alert, effective between 3:00 pm and 6:00 pm on Thursday, July 7, 2016.

NPU is asking all customers to use electricity wisely this afternoon and this evening as the decrease in demand for electricity will decrease the overall 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 asking customers to stay cool but in an efficient manner this afternoon and this evening, said John Bilda, NPU General Manager. “We are also asking our customers to check on their neighbors, particularly the elderly or infirm, during this challenging stretch of weather.”

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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