KISSIMMEE, Fla., May 22, 2014 – With temperatures expected to soar to triple digits in Central Florida this holiday weekend, Kissimmee Utility Authority is reminding its customers to manage their electricity use wisely during the heat wave.
Forecasters are predicting high temperatures of 95 degrees on Friday and 97 on Saturday, with the potential for heat indices to reach the lower 100s — the hottest temperatures seen in Central Florida in nearly three years.
Heat is the number one weather-related killer in the United States, resulting in hundreds of fatalities each year, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. In fact, on average, excessive heat claims more lives each year than floods, lightning, tornadoes and hurricanes combined.
KUA offers these tips to keep your home cooler while reducing summertime energy costs:
* Adjust thermostat to 80 degrees to reduce energy usage during the hottest hours of the day when air conditioning systems have to work hardest to cool.
* Limit the use of heat-generating appliances during peak hours of the day. Use washers, dryers, stoves, dishwashers and other heavy appliances during evening hours.
* Close draperies, shades or blinds during the heat of the day to reduce the extra heat from direct sunlight.
* Turn off lights and equipment when they are not in use.
* Unplug “energy vampires” like cell phone chargers, DVD players, microwave ovens and other appliances that use energy even when turned off or in sleep mode.
* Inspect and clean washable air conditioner filters or replace disposable filters each month during the cooling season.
Founded in 1901, KUA (http://kua.com) is Florida’s sixth largest community-owned utility powering 64,000 customers in Osceola County, Fla.
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Chris M. Gent