Officials at Norwich Public Utilities (NPU) are anticipating a very high demand for electricity on Monday, July 27, 2020 as heat and humidity levels will be elevated. As a result, NPU is urging customers to use electricity wisely in the days ahead for two important reasons:

First, a portion of NPU’s annual costs for electricity is based on ‘peak demand’ days, which based on forecasts from ISO-New England, could take place today. By using energy efficiently this week, customers can help keep overall electric costs – for NPU and themselves – lower throughout the year.

Second, by thinking ahead about electricity use, the overall impact on NPU’s infrastructure – transmission lines, distribution lines, and transformers – will be minimized. By reducing the ‘wear and tear’ on NPU’s system today, this critical equipment will be able to cool down faster in the early evening hours, helping improve overall reliability.

“We are encouraging our customers to work with us while helping themselves during this challenging stretch of weather,” said Chris LaRose, General Manager at NPU. “By using energy wisely, our customers can help us keep costs low in the months ahead while reducing the likelihood of power outages this week.”

“As always, we ask that everyone to keep an eye out for those who may have a tough time in extreme weather – particularly the elderly or infirm – to make sure everyone stays safe during this challenging stretch of weather.”

NPU is requesting that customers consider taking simple steps today and 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 or higher.
  • Consider waiting until after 7:00 pm to use major appliances like a dishwasher or clothes dryer.
  • Minimize the use of appliances or devices that generate heat before 7:00 pm – computers, curling irons, hairdryers, 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 or business.