Heat Wave Pushes Power Usage to Near Record Highs

KISSIMMEE, Fla., June 18, 2015 – Sustained heat and humidity this week in Central Florida have led to near-record consumption of electricity in Kissimmee, the Kissimmee Utility Authority reported today.

The utility’s system peak reached 342.1 megawatts Wednesday afternoon – just seven megawatts shy of its all-time peak of 349.4 MW set on August 21, 2014.

The current heat wave combined with a lack of afternoon thunderstorms has forced residential and commercial air conditioners to work overtime.

KUA reminds its customers that with high electricity consumption comes higher power bills.

“As temperatures rise, so does air conditioning use,” said utility spokesman Chris Gent. “Our customers’ energy demand this month is already six percent higher than May and 22 percent higher than April.”

KUA offers the following energy-saving tips that require little or no expense and can help to reduce summertime energy costs:

  • Set the thermostat on the highest comfortable setting (KUA recommends 80 degrees). Raising the temperature just two degrees can reduce cooling costs by as much as five percent.
  • Use oscillating and ceiling fans instead of lowering the thermostat setting – but remember to turn them off when you’re not in the room.
  • Close blinds, shades or drapes during the hottest part of the day to block the sun’s heat.
  • Remember that window air conditioning units generally are not designed to cool more than one room.
  • Clean or replace window unit or central air conditioning system filters monthly. Dirty filters cause air conditioners to work harder and use more energy.
  • Set pool pumps and automatic sprinklers to run in off-peak hours.

Founded in 1901, KUA (https://kua.com) is Florida’s sixth largest community-owned utility powering 67,000 customers in Osceola County, Fla.

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Contact: Chris Gent