Basic conservation measures urged as heat and humidity continue.
With the continued stretch of hot and humid weather impacting the region, Norwich Public Utilities (NPU) has issued a Power Alert, effective between 1:00 pm and 5:00 pm on Monday, July 25, 2016.
NPU is asking both residential and commercial customers to use electricity wisely this afternoon and evening. A decrease in the demand for electricity will minimize the overall stress and strain on NPU’s 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 – the days of the year where the most electricity is used - NPU customers can help keep their overall electric costs lower throughout the year by using energy efficiently during the warmest days of the year.
“We understand that this week’s extreme weather will be a challenge, but it is important for our customers to be aware of how they are using electricity today and this week,” said John Bilda, NPU General Manager. “We are also asking folks to check on their neighbors, particularly the elderly or infirm, as long as this unusually warm weather persists.”
NPU is requesting that residential and commercial customers take a few simple steps this week to conserve electricity that will have little or no impact on their comfort, such as:
•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.