KISSIMMEE, Fla., July 23, 8:45 am — Continued heat and high humidity in Central Florida have resulted in a new peak usage record for Kissimmee Utility Authority (KUA). The new record of 279.0 megawatts (MW) was set at 5:47 pm on July 17, breaking the old mark of 275.3 MW set on January 9, 2002.
KUA moved record amounts of electricity on Wednesday with no affect on normal service to customers. The utility’s generation and transmission systems performed well to meet the highest electrical demand ever reported on its system. Continued hot weather and high humidity are expected throughout this week.
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. Raising the temperature just 2 degrees can reduce cooling costs by as much as 5 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.
KUA is Florida’s 6th largest community-owned utility serving 58,000 electric, water and internet customers in three Central Florida counties.
Contact: Chris Gent, Manager of Corporate Communications
(407) 933-7777 ext. 1116