KISSIMMEE, Fla., July 5, 2016 – Kissimmee Utility Authority’s 70,000 customers used more electricity today than at any time in the utility’s 115-year history, thanks to scorching temperatures and triple-digit heat indexes that had air conditioners working overtime.
KUA recorded an instantaneous system peak of 366.8 megawatts (MW) at 4:55 p.m. Tuesday afternoon, eclipsing the previous record of 361.5 MW set on June 14, 2016.
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 78-80 degrees). Raising the temperature just two degrees can reduce cooling costs by as much as five percent.
* Change or clean air conditioner filters monthly. Dirty filters can increase operating costs by 20 percent.
* Use ceiling and portable fans to keep air moving.
* Close blinds, drapes and shades during the hottest part of the day. This keeps the sun’s rays from heating a house.
Founded in 1901, KUA (www.kua.com) is Florida’s sixth largest community-owned utility powering 70,000 customers in Osceola County, Fla.