The Heat is On: Kissimmee Reports Record Power Use

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KISSIMMEE, Fla., July 28, 7:15 p.m. – For the second day in a row and the fifth time in three weeks, Kissimmee Utility Authority (KUA) reported an unprecedented demand for electricity.

A new system peak of 325.1 megawatts (MW) was set at 4:34 p.m. on Thursday with an outside temperature of 96 degrees. Wednesday’s record peak was 322.3 MW.

KUA offers the following energy-saving tips that require little or no expense and can help to reduce summertime energy costs:

* Set the thermostat at 80 degrees or warmer with the fan switch on “auto.” For additional savings, raise the thermostat to 82 degrees or warmer when away from home. Raising the temperature just two degrees can reduce cooling costs by as much as five percent.
* Keep bright sunlight out. Close blinds, drapes and shades during the hottest time of 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 in off-peak hours.

Founded in 1901, KUA (www.kua.com) is Florida’s sixth largest community-owned utility providing electric and telecommunication services to 170,000 residents in five Central Florida counties.

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Chris M. Gent
(407) 933-7777 x 1116
cgent@kua.com