Heat Wave Prompts All-time High for Electricity use in Kissimmee
As the heat index in the Kissimmee region topped 107 degrees this week, residents have set a new all-time record for electricity use.
Kissimmee Utility Authority recorded an instantaneous system peak of 400.1 megawatts at 5:13 p.m. Tuesday, eclipsing the previous record of 398.1 megawatts set in June of 2019. On Wednesday the utility recorded a system peak load of 399.6 megawatts, also setting a near record high.
With heat indices forecasted to remain above 100 degrees through Friday, air conditioners are working overtime. 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 78-80 degrees). Raising the temperature just two degrees can reduce cooling costs by as much as five percent.
- Change or clean air conditioner filters monthly. Dirty filters can increase operating costs by 20 percent.
- Use ceiling and portable fans to keep air moving. Fans only use about as much energy as a light bulb.
- Close blinds, drapes and shades during the hottest part of the day. This keeps the sun’s rays from heating the house.