ORLANDO – At 4:55 p.m. on June 22, OUC customers working to cool their homes and businesses after an extraordinarily hot series of days pushed the Commission to set an all-time power use peak. 1,206 Megawatts (MW) of energy were provided to keep the a/c on without interruption. This is 4 MW more than the previous record set just a few days earlier, and 8 MW more than last year’s record. The previous all-time peak was in January 2010.
While OUC has adequate generating capacity, customer bills will reflect the extra power consumption, so customers are encouraged to use these energy-savings tips.
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.
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.