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Extreme temperatures bring peak electric use

• Aug 28, 2018 at 9:57 AM

NEW LONDON — Firelands Electric Cooperative’s power supplier, Buckeye Power, is forecasting high power loads today. Loads across the PJM Interconnection region, which includes Ohio, are expected to the very high.

Load management efforts will be necessary across the Buckeye State due to the extremely high temperatures and humidity levels. Firelands Electric members with electric water heaters and central air-conditioning systems enrolled in the cooperative’s PeakBuster program need to expect load management efforts starting at 2 p.m., and lasting until 8 p.m.

Load management hours may start early or last longer than the hours noted, based on weather conditions across the tri-state region, including any pop-up storms that may cause power loads to drop.

When peak energy alerts are announced energy conservation is critical, particularly between the hours of 2 and 7 p.m. Everyone, whether an electric cooperative member or not, can help reduce energy use by practicing a few simple conservation measures:

• Help lower demand by reducing your use of electricity wherever you can.

• RAISE your cooling thermostat four degrees.

• Avoid using major appliances during high demand times.

• Delay household chores requiring electrical use, such as running the dishwasher and doing laundry, until after 7 p.m.

• Use ceiling and portable fans to enhance the cooling ability of your air conditioner. Even mild air movement can make you feel cooler.

• Draw shades or blinds to prevent the sun from adding more heat to the room.

• Be sure your air conditioner filters are clean for peak efficiency.

• Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids even if you do not feel thirsty. Avoid drinks with caffeine or alcohol.

• Wear loose-fitting, lightweight, light colored clothing. Take frequent breaks if you must work outdoors.

• Check on family, friends and neighbors who do not have air conditioning.

When demand for electricity is likely to reach record levels, peak alert bulletins posted on Firelands' website, www.FirelandsEC.com, Facebook page and Twitter feed.

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