There appears to be no end in sight to the sweltering heat wave this summer. Mike Jones is Omaha Public Power District’s spokesman and he says the utility is asking customers conserve as much electricity as possible to both reduce usage and save on their energy bills.
OPPD reports the peak usage hours are between 3 pm and 8 pm and reducing energy during that time period is extremely helpful. Jones says there are very easy ways to save on your energy bill and still stay cool.
- Set your thermostat as high as comfortably possible. One-degree can save 3 to 5-percent on energy.
- Keep window shades and blinds closed to block direct sunlight.
- Clean or change your system’s air filter monthly to save energy and help prevent system failure.
- Use ceiling fans to enable you to raise your thermostat about 4-degrees with no reduction in comfort.
- Turn off fans when you leave the room. Fans coop people, not rooms, by creating a wind chill effect.
- Delay dishwashing or laundry until after 8 pm and restrict use of heat producing appliances, such as ovens, until later in the day.
- Unplug appliances and shut off lights that are not in use.
- Shower early in the morning or later in the evening.
OPPD serves more than 360,000 customers in 13 counties in Nebraska. OPPD reports they do have adequate generation to meet demands however that could be affected by disruptions in the transmission and distribution system locally or in other parts of the Midwest.