Norwich Public Utilities Issues Power Alert Due to Extreme Heat

Because of the hot and humid weather, Norwich Public Utilities has issued a power alert from noon to 8 p.m. today. 

The utility company said demand for electricity by NPU customers has increased significantly in the heat and the company hopes to decrease the impact on its electrical infrastructure while the high temperatures persist. 

A news alert from Norwich Public Utilities said part of the company’s annual costs for electricity are based on “peak demand” days and energy efficiency can help keep customer’s overall electric costs lower throughout the year. 

“It is very important that our customers – both residential and commercial - use power wisely today and through the end of the week to reduce the strain on our equipment in the field,” John Bilda, general manager of NPU, said in a statement. “Making a few small adjustments in your home or business can make a big difference.” 

NPU is asking customers to: 

  • 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., including computers, curling irons and hair dryers, stereos and televisions, which 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 or business. 
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