Energy Demand Way Up, Just Shy of Record

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KISSIMMEE, Fla., January 6, 2010 – Heating systems kicked into high gear this morning as temperatures plummeted across Central Florida.

Kissimmee Utility Authority (KUA) recorded a system peak of 300.3 megawatts at 7:07 a.m. Wednesday morning, falling just 9/10ths of a megawatt shy of the utility’s all-time winter peak of 301.2 megawatts set on Jan. 22, 2009.

KUA reported no outages this morning. Parkway Middle School is currently without power in Kissimmee, but the outage is on the customer’s side of the meter and not an issue for the utility.

KUA encourages its customers to use smart energy practices to keep their homes warm and heating systems working at peak efficiency. Heating costs can account for 25 percent to 50 percent of a home’s total energy expense, so KUA offers these tips for warmth and energy conservation:

• Set the thermostat at 68 degrees or the lowest temperature you find comfortable. Each degree you raise your thermostat will cost you approximately eight percent more.
• Use ceiling fans to distribute heat around the room. Reverse the direction of the fan blades from that used for summer cooling.
• Keep curtains and shades closed at night and on cloudy days.

Founded in 1901, KUA (www.kua.com) is Florida’s sixth largest community-owned utility providing electric and telecommunication services to 62,000 customers in five Central Florida counties.

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Chris M. Gent
(407) 933-9836
cgent@kua.com