Norwich Public Utilities has issued a power alert from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. today in response to extremely warm and humid weather.
They said demand for electricity increased significantly and they hope to decrease the impact on the electrical infrastructure during high temperatures.
A portion of NPU’s annual costs for electricity are based on ‘peak demand’ days, officials from the utility company said, and customers can help keep their overall electric costs lower throughout the year by being energy efficient.
John Bilda, the general manager for Norwich Public Utilities, said in a statement that it’s important that customers, both residential and commercial, use power wisely today and tomorrow to “reduce the strain on our equipment in the field.”
“Making a few small adjustments can make a big difference,” he added.
NPU is asking customers to take steps today and tomorrow to conserve electricity:
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.