Utility offers ways to stay cool while saving energy during heat wave

Published on Wednesday, 17 July 2019 19:09
Written by Adam Hushin


With temperatures on the rise yet again, Eversource is expecting increased electricity demand and offers some tips to stay cool.

High electricity usage during a heat wave can put a strain on the electric system, Eversource says that they are prepared to meet that increased demand and its crews are ready to respond to any outages or issues that arise.

“We prepare year-round to meet the increased demand and to ensure that our system is ready to handle additional electricity needs that come with a heat wave,” Eversource President of Regional Electric Operations Craig Hallstrom said.

Eversource wants to remind customers of some tips to stay comfortable, and to save energy and money on their electric bills during this period of high demand:

Increase the temperature on air conditioners. Keep air conditioners set at a moderate temperature throughout the day as cranking the unit up after work uses more electricity. Programmable thermostats or temperature timers can also help keep costs manageable, especially when away from home.

Keep air conditioner filters and coils clean. Clean air conditioner filters and coils at least every three months. Dirty filters block air flow, reducing efficiency and making it harder to deliver the cool air.

Don’t block air flow. Keep air vents clear of obstructions such as furniture, curtains, and rugs. For those with central air and floor vents, consider using vent deflectors to direct and increase the reach of cooled air.

Seal home cracks and gaps. Seal cracks or gaps in walls and outlets, and window and door frames, to keep cool air from escaping and letting hot air in.

Save major appliance use until the evening. Help conserve energy by using appliances like clothes washers and dryers early in the morning or late in the evening, when there is less demand on the electric system.

According to weather.com, temperatures will reach 100 degrees by the end of the week.

Posted in New Britain Herald, General News on Wednesday, 17 July 2019 19:09. Updated: Wednesday, 17 July 2019 19:12.