As excessive heat and humidity continue in large sections of the country and across Connecticut, Norwich Public Utilities (NPU) has issued a Power Alert and is encouraging customers to voluntarily conserve energy for the next three days.

“While this summer has been relatively mild, given the recent weather, we have to ask our customers to help us get through the first heat wave of 2022,” said Chris LaRose, General Manager at NPU. “By using energy wisely, customers can save money on their bill and reduce the likelihood of power outages over the next three days.”

NPU expects to see a very high demand for electricity through the end of the week and 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 are based on forecasts from ISO-New England that could take place on Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday this week. By using energy efficiently for the next few days, 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 over the next couple of days, this critical equipment will be able to cool down faster in the early evening hours and overnight, helping improve overall reliability.

“We’re also asking the public to look out for those who may have a tough time in extreme weather – particularly the elderly or infirm – to make sure everyone stays safe during the extreme heat this week.”

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, and televisions can all add to the heat in your home.
  • Avoid using the oven for cooking and consider using a stove, microwave, or grilling outside.