Power Alert issued in response to extreme temperatures

As the oppressive heat and humidity continue to impact Connecticut, Norwich Public Utilities (NPU) has extended its Power Alert through 8:00 pm on Tuesday, July 3, 2018.

With temperatures approaching 90 degrees in Norwich and the humidity still in place, NPU expects demand for electricity to be very high through the end of the day. By encouraging energy efficiency, NPU hopes to decrease the impact on its electrical infrastructure while the high temperatures persist.

And as a portion of NPU’s annual costs for future wholesale electricity contacts are based on ‘peak demand’ days this year, by using energy efficiently customers can help keep their overall electric costs lower throughout the year.

“We are encouraging all our customers to use electricity wisely while keeping cool in the days ahead,” said John Bilda, General Manager. “We are also encouraging 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 a 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.
  • 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 or business.