ORLANDO – As temperatures climbed into the high 90s, OUC electric demand set a new all-time demand record Thursday – the most power ever used at one moment in the company’s 93-year history. Air conditioners working to cool homes and offices pushed demand by OUC customers in Orlando up to 1,221 Megawatts (MW) at 4:33 p.m. OUC’s previous all-time power peak of 1,206 MW was set in June 2015.
While OUC has adequate generating capacity, there is concern customer bills will reflect the extra power consumption – so customers are encouraged to take steps to conserve.
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 or as recommended by the manufacturer.
- Use shades, drapes and blinds to keep the sun and heat out especially on the east and west windows.
- Use ceiling fans to feel cooler, but turn them off when you leave the room.
About OUC—The Reliable One
Established in 1923 by a special act of the Florida Legislature, OUC—The Reliable One is the second largest municipal utility in Florida and 14th largest municipal in the country. OUC provides electric, water, chilled water and/or lighting services to 240,000 customers in Orlando, St. Cloud and parts of unincorporated Orange and Osceola counties. According to data provided by the Florida Public Service Commission, OUC has been more reliable than the state’s investor-owned utilities for 18 years running. OUC is focused not just on reliability and affordability, but weaves sustainability into everything it does. This includes opening the area’s first community solar farm, installing nearly 150 electric vehicle charging stations, implementing a comprehensive corporate recycling program and encouraging its customers to use energy and water as wisely as possible.