The state’s largest utility is monitoring weather conditions and their impact on its delivery system. Although PSE&G expects to have no problem delivering the additional power, utility crews are ready to respond to service interruptions should they occur. The company has been advised by the regional grid operator that power supplies are expected to be adequate to meet the increased demand. There has not been a request to cut back on power.
Customers can take the following steps to stay comfortable and conserve during hot weather:
• Turn off everything you’re not using, including televisions and computers.
• If health conditions allow, set your thermostat at 78 degrees. You can save 3 to 5 percent on air-conditioning costs for each degree you raise the thermostat.
• Also use fans to circulate air. Portable and ceiling fans use one-tenth of the electricity an air conditioner uses and can make 78 degrees feel cooler than it actually is.
• Close blinds, shades and draperies facing the sun to block summer light and help fans and air conditioners cool more efficiently.
• Close doors leading to uncooled parts of your home. If you have central air conditioning, close off vents to unused rooms.
• Check to ensure that no furniture or other obstacles are blocking ducts or fans, which will enable cooled air to circulate more frequently.
• Cook and use other heat-generating appliances in the early morning and late evening hours whenever possible.
To view demonstrations of how to save energy in your home, visit PSEG’s YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/psegvideo.
For more energy-saving tips and to conduct a free online home-energy analysis, visit www.pseg.com/saveenergy. Click on the “At Home with Energy Star” video podcast.