ORLANDO – As temperatures climbed into the high 90s, OUC electric demand set a new all-time demand record Wednesday. Air conditioners working to cool homes and offices pushed demand by OUC customers in Orlando up to 1,202 Megawatts (MW) at 4:21 p.m. OUC’s all-time power peak of 1,191 MW was actually set in the middle of a cold-snap on January 11, 2010.
While OUC has adequate generating capacity, there is concern customer bills will reflect the extra power consumption – so customers are encouraged to take steps to conserve.
To help keep your electric bills down when the temperatures rise, OUC recommends that you:
- Set your thermostat at 78 degrees or higher, although some customers may need to keep the temperature a little cooler. Each degree you raise the thermostat above 78 degrees will save 6 to 8 percent on the cooling portion of your bill.
- Replace air filters monthly.
- Use shades, drapes and blinds to keep the sun and heat out.
- Use ceiling fans to feel cooler, but turn them off when you leave the room.
Visit OUC.com for more tips on how to save energy throughout the year and to learn how to conduct your own home energy audit.
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