Energy companies are offering customers tips to conserve power in anticipation of rising temperatures over the next few days.
NBC Connecticut meteorologists forecast that the state may see the longest heatwave since 2013 starting Thursday.
Eversource officials said the extra work from running air conditioners and fans in the heat can put a strain on the electric system and increase energy costs. They offer the following tips to help customers conserve power:
- Increase the temperature on air conditioners. Keep air conditioners set at a moderate temperature throughout the day; 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.
The company said it is prepared for the high demand of the summer heat.
Energize Connecticut offered similar tips and is king customers to “wait ‘til 8” to use larger appliances and equipment, like dishwashers and pool pumps to keep consumption down.