Norwich Public Utilities has issued another power alert from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. today because of extremely warm and humid weather this week and said more are probable through the end of the week.
They said demand for electricity will increase significantly because of temperatures in the 90s and hope to decrease the impact on its electrical infrastructure while the high temperatures persist.
A portion of NPU’s annual costs for electricity are based on ‘peak demand’ days, NPU said, so by using energy efficiently, customers can help keep their overall electric costs lower throughout the year.
“We are encouraging our customers to use power wisely in the days ahead to reduce the strain on our equipment in the field that brings electricity to the homes and businesses we serve,” John Bilda, the general manager, said.
NPU is asking customers to take steps this week to conserve electricity:
- 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 p.m. to use major appliances like a dishwasher or clothes dryer.
- Minimize the use of appliances or devices that generate heat before 6 p.m. – 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 to 15 percent 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.