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Energy Saving Tips to Reduce Power Usage During Extreme Heat

Try these simple tips to reduce your home or businesses' strain on the power grid.

With temperatures expected to reach 100 degrees (possibly as high as 105 with the heat index), energy usage is likely to soar. While Pepco expects the power supply in the region to meet the anticipated high demand, there are a number of energy-saving tips that can help ease the burden on the grid:

  • Setting your air-conditioning thermostat at 78 degrees and using an electric fan will produce cooler-feeling air and reduce energy usage.
  • Closing window shades, blinds and drapes will help block sunlight and helps retain the cooler air inside your home or business.

 

  • Limiting the use of electrically heated water and turning off non-essential appliances and as many lights as possible will reduce power usage.

 

  • Try to refrain from using high-energy appliances like electric stoves, washing machines, dishwashers and dryers until the evening.

Limit the amount of times your family opens and closes refrigerators and freezers.  

With temperatures expected to reach 100 degrees (possibly as high as 105 with the heat index), energy usage is likely to soar. While Pepco expects the power supply in the region to meet the anticipated high demand, there are a number of energy-saving tips that can help ease the burden on the grid:

Setting your air-conditioning thermostat at 78 degrees and using an electric fan will produce cooler-feeling air and reduce energy usage.

Closing window shades, blinds and drapes will help block sunlight and helps retain the cooler air inside your home or business.

Limiting the use of electrically heated water and turning off non-essential appliances and as many lights as possible will reduce power usage.

Try to refrain from using high-energy appliances like electric stoves, washing machines, dishwashers and dryers until the evening.

Limit the amount of times your family opens and closes refrigerators and freezers.  

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