As temperatures climbed into the high 90s, and heat indexes in the mid 100’s OUC electric demand climbed to a record level of 184 megawatts (MW) in St. Cloud/Osceola County. In Orlando/Orange County, late afternoon use climbed to 1,220 MW, just 10 shy of the all-time record. Without afternoon rain today, that record could be broken.
While OUC has adequate generating capacity, there is concern customer bills will reflect the extra power consumption – so customers are encouraged to take steps to conserve.
To help keep your electric bills down when the temperatures rise, OUC recommends that you:
- Set your thermostat at 78 degrees or higher, although some customers may need to keep the temperature a little cooler. Each degree you raise the thermostat above 78 degrees will save 6 to 8 percent on the cooling portion of your bill.
- Replace air filters monthly or as recommended by the manufacturer.
- Use shades, drapes and blinds to keep the sun and heat out especially on the east and west windows.
- Use ceiling fans to feel cooler, but turn them off when you leave the room.
Visit www.OUC.com/78 for more tips on how to save energy throughout the year and to learn how to conduct your own home energy audit.
Established in 1923 by a special act of the Florida Legislature, OUC—The Reliable One is the second largest municipal utility in Florida. OUC provides electric and water services to 375,000 customers in Orlando, St. Cloud and parts of unincorporated Orange and Osceola counties.