KISSIMMEE, Fla., April 21, 8:30 a.m. – Warmer than average temperatures this week have caused electricity use in Osceola County to soar, according to Kissimmee Utility Authority (KUA).
Customers of the utility used 282.9 megawatts of electricity at 5:29 p.m. on Thursday, compared to 186.5 used on the same day in 2005.
KUA’s all-time system peak of 331.0 megawatts was set on August 17, 2005.
Utility customers should anticipate a possible increase in their electricity bills because of the increased consumption.
Customers can take greater control of their electric bill by following these energy-saving practices:
* 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.
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