KISSIMMEE, Fla., June 14, 2016 – Sustained heat and humidity this week in Central Florida have led to near-record consumption of electricity in Kissimmee, the Kissimmee Utility Authority reported today.
The utility’s system peak reached 353.6 megawatts Monday afternoon – just one megawatt shy of its all-time peak of 354.7 MW set on June 22, 2015.
KUA reminds its customers that with high electricity consumption comes higher power bills.
“As temperatures rise, so does air conditioning use,” said utility spokesman Chris Gent. “While residents may need to use air conditioning to beat the heat, there are still many proactive measures they can take to reduce energy costs.”
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 (http://kua.com) is Florida’s sixth largest community-owned utility powering 69,000 customers in Osceola County, Fla.