As the region's extreme heat is expected to continue into the weekend, a utility is urging its customers to conserve electricity.
Pepco said in an email late Thursday that the predicted heat, damage from last week's storm and high demand for electricity are stressing the electrical system's capabilities.
Pepco says crews continue to work to restore electricity to those still without it, as well as pockets of new outages.
Tips for Conserving Energy
- During hot weather, a central air conditioner can account for 30 percent of a customer's energy bill. Pepco suggests checking the air filter regularly – a clean air filter improves system efficiency, which should lead to energy savings.
- Set your thermostat at 78 degrees Fahrenheit, a reasonably comfortable and energy-efficient indoor temperature.
- Have a professional check your air conditioning system to ensure that it works properly and is not leaking coolant.
- Be sure all windows are shut and outside doors are closed when the air conditioning is on.
- It is important not to have lamps, televisions or other heat sources close to the air conditioner thermostat. Heat from these sources may cause the air conditioner unit to run longer than it should.
- Check to ensure that no furniture or other obstacles are blocking ducts or fans. This will enable cooled air to circulate freely, making your home more comfortable.
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