The weather forecast for the next four days predicts temperatures in the mid to upper nineties. These temperatures will make air conditioning and refrigeration systems work extremely hard and consume large amounts of electricity. Our local and regional electric systems will be working vigorously to satisfy our needs. You can help relieve some of the load by postponing some of your high electricity consuming activities to off-peak hours. Some of these activities may include washing and drying clothes, using your oven/stove, dishwasher, etc. After the sun starts to set and the outside temperatures start to decline is a good time to resume these activities.
The heat load on your house can be reduced by closing blinds so the sun is not streaming in through windows, change your cooling system filters, lock your windows and doors for better sealing, and making sure there is nothing covering your cooling system vents (curtains, rugs). Adjusting your thermostat when you’re away from home is another good conserving step. Postponing vigorous chores and activities around your house until later in the evening will help you stay cooler.
– Never leave kids or pets unattended in vehicles. The temperature inside an automobile can become dangerously high very quickly during these hot days.
– Drink plenty of water and take frequent rest breaks when working in the heat.
– Avoid consuming alcohol and caffeine while working in the heat.