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Tips to conserve energy during hot weather

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    Tips to beat the heat

    Friday, June 29 2012 12:14 PM EDT2012-06-29 16:14:49 GMT
    Everyone is reminded to take precautions to stay safe and healthy. Here are some heat tips from local authorities around the area.
    Everyone is reminded to take precautions to stay safe and healthy. Here are some heat tips from local authorities around the area:

News Release - Pepco Urges Customers to Conserve Energy

Pepco urges customers to conserve energy wherever possible as high temperatures are forecasted to affect the entire mid-Atlantic region. While power supply in the region is expected to be sufficient to meet anticipated high demand, extreme heat also can stress electric system equipment. In preparation for the extended hot weather, Pepco is staffing to quickly address any equipment issues that may arise from heat or potential storms resulting from the heat.

Pepco also offers the following energy-saving tips:

  • Set air-conditioning thermostats at 78 degrees and use an electric fan, which doesn't require as much energy, and the air will seem cooler without sacrificing comfort.
  • Keep window shades, blinds, or drapes closed to block the sunlight during the hottest part of the day and retain cooler air inside your home or business.
  • Limit the use of electrically heated water and turn off non-essential appliances and as many lights as possible.
  • Limit opening refrigerator or freezer doors.
  • Postpone using high-energy appliances like electric stoves, washing machines, dishwashers and dryers until the evening.

Additionally, customers who want to save energy to save money can use the following suggestions:

  • Close shades and curtains to keep the sun out.
  • Set the thermostat on 78 degrees or higher.
  • Cook outdoors to keep cool and save electricity.
  • Use ceiling fans and portable fans when you are in the room.
  • Clean or replace the filters on your cooling system.
  • Use bathroom exhaust fans to pull heat and humidity out of the house.
  • Dry your clothes outdoors. You'll save energy by not using the dryer and you won't heat up your house.
  • Have your cooling system professionally serviced at least once a year.
  • Insulate your attic to at least R-30.
  • Install a timer to operate your pool pump.
  • Recycle refrigerators or freezers that you don't use. SMECO provides $50 rebates to customers who recycle old, working refrigerators and freezers.
  • When going on vacation, shut off your water heater, turn off your air conditioning system, and disconnect appliances that will not be used during your absence.
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