KISSIMMEE, Fla., August 19, 2014 – With outdoor heat indices reaching 105 degrees and air conditioners working overtime, customers of Kissimmee Utility Authority today set a new system peak demand record for electricity use.
KUA recorded an instantaneous system peak of 342 megawatts (MW) at 4:32 p.m. this afternoon, eclipsing the previous peak of 338.8 MW set on August 10, 2007. The temperature at the time of today’s peak was 97 degrees.
The new system peak marks the highest demand for electricity in the utility’s 113-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 on the highest comfortable setting (KUA recommends 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.
* 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 powering 64,000 customers in Osceola County, Fla.
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Contact: Chris M. Gent, (407) 933-9836(407) 933-9836