Oppressive temperatures are expected to strike the region this weekend, causing a greater strain on the electrical system.
“Typically the demand for electricity grows by 75 percent during peak summer months,” said Steve Gilkey, vice president of electric field operations for Eversource in Connecticut. “We prepare well in advance of the summer months to ensure the system is able to handle the additional demand, especially for long stretches of extreme heat.”
Gilkey said the utility’s work includes conducting ground and aerial inspections of overhead and underground system in the cooler months to “detect and resolve” any issues in advance of the warm weather.
While Eversource officials say they can handle the added demand, the utility is offering several tips to help customers keep their electricity bills low while conserving energy and staying comfortable.
Home owners should:
- Increase the temperature on air conditioners. Keep air conditioners set at a moderate temperature throughout the day; cranking the unit up after work uses more electricity.
- Be aware that programmable thermostats or temperature timers can also help keep costs manageable, especially when away from home.
- Keep air conditioner filters and coils clean.
- Clean air conditioner filters and coils at least every three months. Dirty filters block air flow, reducing efficiency and making it harder to deliver the cool air.
- Not block air flow. Keep air vents clear of obstructions such as furniture, curtains and rugs. For those with central air and floor vents, consider using vent deflectors to direct and increase the reach of cooled air.
- Seal home cracks and gaps. Seal cracks or gaps in walls and outlets, and window and door frames to keep cool air from escaping and letting hot air in.
- Save major appliance use until the evening. Help conserve energy by using appliances like clothes washers and dryers early in the morning or late in the evening, when there is less demand on the electric system.
The utility was named the top-ranked “green” utility in the United States by Newsweek magazine last year.