Air conditioners will be working overtime as temperatures with a heat warning in effect. MidAmerican Energy spokesperson Ruth Comer says temperatures will be in the high 90’s today and they have issued a peak alert for today.
Comer says, “A peak alert is issued when temperatures are high and electricity use is expected to be at or near maximum levels. We are asking our customers to voluntarily reduce their energy consumption between 2 and 7 p.m. That helps us manage our peak load better, ensures more reliability and helps keep costs down in the long run for all of our customers.”
MidAmerican Energy recommends setting your thermostat a few degrees higher as that can make a big difference. The energy savings ranges from 3 to 5% for each degree adjusted. They recommend setting the thermostat at 78 degrees as that will keep you comfortable when it is more than 90 degrees outside. Using a fan to help circulate the air inside also keeps the indoors cooler at a fraction of the cost of the a/c.
They also recommend limiting the use of heat producing appliances – dishwashers, clothes dryers, and ovens – until after 7 p.m. Close drapes on the south and west sides of the house to cut direct sunlight coming into the house. Check your air conditioner unit outside to make sure it is clear of weeds, shrubs and debris as they can block air flow to the cooling coils.