WESTCHESTER, N.Y. – Con Edison is asking its Westchester and New York City customers to conserve their electricity usage as sweltering heat and humidity continue to bake the area.
Electricity usage was near an all-time peak, reaching 13,161 megawatts Thursday evening, Con Edison reported of its coverage area. The all-time electric peak record was set in July 2011 at 13,189 megawatts.
Con Ed said its crews continue to work to restore customers affected by scattered power outages due to this week’s heat wave.
The power company would like to remind customers to use these energy and money-saving tips:
- Install a timer or clock thermostat on your air conditioner so you can program it to operate and shut-off at a pre-determined time.
- If you have a room air-conditioning unit, close off the rooms not being used; if you have central air, block off the vents for un-used rooms.
- Plan cooking, baking or other household activities that produce heat and humidity for the cooler times of the day and night.
- Use a portable or ceiling fan to circulate the pre-cooled air in your air-conditioned home. A fan uses about 90 percent less energy than an air conditioner.
- In very humid weather, adjust your air conditioner’s fan to a low setting. It’ll take longer for the air conditioner to cool your home, but your unit will bring in steamy air at a slower rate and make you feel more comfortable.
- Pull your curtains and shades on windows to block out the heat.