KISSIMMEE, Fla., June 18, 2015 – With scorching temperatures, triple-digit heat indexes and air conditioners working overtime, customers of Kissimmee Utility Authority today tied the utility’s all-time demand record for electricity use.
KUA recorded an instantaneous system peak of 349.4 megawatts (MW) at 4:54 p.m. this afternoon, tying the previous peak set on August 21, 2014. The temperature at the time of today’s peak was 101 degrees.
The new system peak marks the highest demand for electricity in the utility’s 114-year history.
KUA offers the following energy-saving tips that require little or no expense and can help to reduce summertime energy costs:
* Set the thermostat on the highest comfortable setting (KUA recommends 80 degrees). Raising the temperature just two degrees can reduce cooling costs by as much as five percent.
* Close blinds, shades or drapes during the hottest part of the day to block the sun’s heat.
* Remember that window air conditioning units generally are not designed to cool more than one room.
* Clean or replace window unit or central air conditioning system filters monthly. Dirty filters cause air conditioners to work harder and use more energy.
* Set pool pumps and automatic sprinklers to run 6-8 hours each day in summer or less.
Founded in 1901, KUA (http://kua.com) is Florida’s sixth largest community-owned utility powering 67,000 customers in Osceola County, Fla.
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Contact: Chris Gent