KISSIMMEE, Fla., August 7, 2007 – Strong customer demand for electricity on Monday tied the all-time system peak of the Kissimmee Utility Authority (KUA).
At 4:58 p.m. Monday, KUA recorded a system peak of 338.3 megawatts (MW), tieing the previous record set on July 18. The recorded system temperature at the time of Monday’s peak was 98 degrees.
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.
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