KISSIMMEE, Fla., June 15, 2016 – Kissimmee Utility Authority’s 69,000 customers used more electricity Tuesday than at any time in the utility’s 115-year history, thanks to scorching temperatures and triple-digit heat indexes that had air conditioners working overtime.
KUA recorded an instantaneous system peak of 361.5 megawatts (MW) at 4:44 p.m. Tuesday afternoon, eclipsing the previous record of 354.7 MW set on June 22, 2015.
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 78-80 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.
Founded in 1901, KUA (www.kua.com) is Florida’s sixth largest community-owned utility powering 69,000 customers in Osceola County, Fla.