NEWARK, N.J., June 24 /PRNewswire/ -- As temperatures rise this week, PSE&G is ready to meet increasing customer demand for the electricity its customers need to stay cool and comfortable. The company has an adequate supply of power to meet customer needs and its system is operating normally.
PSE&G works diligently throughout the year to prepare for summer's heat and humidity by reinforcing equipment and making system upgrades. The company has consistently been rated the nation's most reliable electric utility for its ability to keep the lights on and restore service quickly should outages occur.
Customers can take the following steps to stay comfortable and control energy costs:
- Use ceiling fans in the counter-clockwise direction to create a wind-chill effect, making it feel cooler. Also, whole-house fans that bring in cooler night-time air can pre-cool a house and reduce energy use in the daytime if heat is kept out by closing windows and shades.
- Install a programmable thermostat. If health conditions permits, raise the setting from 73 to 78 degrees. Customers can save 3 to 5 percent on air conditioning costs for each degree the thermostat is raised.
- Close doors leading to uncooled parts of the home. If the house uses central air conditioning, close off vents to unused rooms. Keep filters clean.
- Seal holes and cracks around doors and windows. Eliminate air leaks between window air conditioners and windows with foam insulation or weather-stripping.
- Turn off power sources. TVs, computers and other electronic devices draw power when they are in standby mode or turned off but still plugged in. Plug electronics into power strips and turn off the power switch when the items are not in use.
- Switch to compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs), which use 75 percent less electricity and burn more coolly than incandescent bulbs. Keep in mind that CFLs are especially handy in hard-to-reach fixtures and won't need to be replaced for about five years.
- Use timers and motion detectors on indoor and outdoor lighting.
- Delay heat-producing tasks such as laundry until later in the day. Wash full loads, using cold water whenever possible.
- Run the dishwasher at night, using the shortest cycle that will get the dishes clean. If manufacturers' directions permit, turn the dishwasher off before the dry cycle or use the air dry feature if the machine has one.
- Replace old appliances with new energy efficient Energy Star appliances.
- Unplug any extra refrigerators and use them only when necessary. Refrigerators that are only 10 years old can use twice as much electricity as new Energy Star labeled models.
Public Service Electric and Gas Company (PSE&G) is New Jersey's oldest and largest regulated gas and electric delivery utility, serving nearly three-quarters of the state's population. PSE&G is the winner of the ReliabilityOne Award for superior electric system reliability. PSE&G is a subsidiary of Public Service Enterprise Group Incorporated (PSEG) (NYSE: PEG), a diversified energy company (www.pseg.com).
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