ORLANDO – With another day of very hot temperatures, OUC electric demand is forecasted to reach near record levels. Last August, OUC customers working to cool homes and offices pushed demand to 1,198 Megawatts (MW) – and unless there is significant rain this afternoon – we will likely approach or exceed that today.
To help keep your electric bills down when the temperatures rise, OUC recommends that you:
- Set your thermostat at 78 degrees or higher, although some customers may need to keep the temperature a little cooler. Each degree you raise the thermostat above 78 degrees will save 6 to 8 percent on the cooling portion of your bill.
- Replace air filters monthly.
- Use shades, drapes and blinds to keep the sun and heat out.
- Use ceiling fans to feel cooler, but turn them off when you leave the room.
Members of the media looking for photos or video of OUC’s Energy Control center can call 407-434-2250 to set this up.
About the Orlando Utilities Commission (OUC)
Established in 1923 by a special act of the Florida Legislature, OUC—The Reliable One is the second largest municipal utility in Florida. OUC provides electric and water services to 234,000 customers in Orlando, St. Cloud and parts of unincorporated Orange and Osceola counties.