KISSIMMEE, Fla., August 16, 9:00 p.m. – In the face of relentless heat and humidity, Kissimmee residents retreated indoors Tuesday, pushing electricity consumption to a record level.
A new system peak of 326.1 megawatts (MW) was set at 4:57 p.m. Tuesday with a system temperature of 101 degrees. The previous record was 325.1 MW set on July 28.
The new peak marks the sixth consecutive power consumption record for the utility since July 4 and the highest demand for electricity in KUA’s 104-year history.
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