KISSIMMEE, Fla., July 28, 2014 – Near-record electricity consumption this month by customers of Kissimmee Utility Authority will likely lead to higher
power bills in the coming weeks.
The recent heat wave combined with the lack of afternoon thunderstorms has forced air conditioners to work overtime.
“As temperatures rise, so does demand for air conditioning,” said utility spokesman Chris Gent. “Our customers have used 13 percent more electricity in July than they did in May.”
The utility came closest to its all-time power demand last Thursday, July 24 when its system peak hit 326.4 megawatts (MW). KUA’s all-time system peak is
338.8 MW set on Aug. 10, 2007. One megawatt is equivalent to the energy used by approximately 750 homes.
KUA offers the following energy-saving tips that require little or no expense and can help 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.
• Use oscillating and ceiling fans instead of lowering the thermostat setting – but remember to turn them off when you’re not in the room.
• 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.
• Change or clean your air conditioner filter regularly. Dirty filters restrict airflow and reduce efficiency.
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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Chris M. Gent