Eversource Energy: Ready for the first heat wave of the season and increased electricity demand
An energy company offers ways to stay cool and save energy before energy supply prices hit historic highs next month
MANCHESTER, NH (July 19, 2022) – With high heat and humidity expected across the state over the next few days, air conditioners and fans will be working overtime in most homes and businesses. On average, New Hampshire customers use 25% more electricity during the summer months to keep things cool when it’s sweltering outside. Although high electricity consumption during a heat wave can put a strain on the electrical system, Eversource is ready to meet this increased demand and its teams are ready to respond to any outages or problems that may arise.
“We are beginning to prepare for the surge in demand that we typically see during the summer months long before the warm weather arrives,” said Doug Foley, Eversource president of New Hampshire operations. “By performing ground and aerial inspections of the electrical system during the colder months, we can detect and fix any issues in advance so our customers get reliable service during those hot summer days and throughout the day. throughout the year.”
Help is available for customers who need it
While the updated default energy service rate for residential customers who receive their energy supply from Eversource does not go into effect until August 1, the energy company is encouraging customers to sign up for the one of its payment plans or assistance programs if they need help with their energy bill. Regardless of their financial needs, customers are eligible for various payment programs and can visit eversource.com/billhelp to find the right plan for them. The energy company also offers information and advice for customers who may be considering another vendor to help protect them against potential scams and deceptive marketing practices.
In addition, residential customers can register for a free virtual webinar Eversource hosts on Tuesday, July 26, to learn about financial assistance, payment plans, and energy efficiency programs that can help pay energy bills throughout the year.
Actions customers can take now to beat the heat this summer:
Use the Cooling Calculator at Eversource.com. The tool helps customers understand how much electricity their current cooling system uses and the impact of small changes in temperature settings.
Use the Home Heating Index Tool to verify qualification for Home Performance with ENERGY STAR®. During a home visit, a technician will identify money-saving opportunities for customers’ homes, including weatherization, incentives for efficient heating and cooling equipment, and attractive financing offers for qualifying upgrades.
Additional tips for keeping temperatures and energy costs low in the summer:
Keep air conditioners set to a moderate temperature that is also comfortable. For each higher degree on the thermostat, the air conditioner will use 1-3% less electricity. Using a programmable or Wi-Fi thermostat can also help manage energy consumption, especially when you’re away from home.
Do not block the airflow. Keep air vents clear of obstructions such as furniture, curtains, and rugs. For those with center and floor vents, consider using vent deflectors to direct and increase the range of cooled air. Keep air conditioner filters and coils clean. Dirty filters block airflow, reducing efficiency and making it more difficult to supply fresh air.
Keep blinds closed on hot days to prevent unwanted heat from entering a home through windows. The use of curtains, shades and blinds can reduce the indoor temperature by up to 20 degrees.
Switch to ENERGY STAR® certified LED lamps. Energy efficient bulbs run cooler and last up to 25 times longer than incandescent bulbs.
Set ceiling fans to spin counter-clockwise and at a higher speed in the summer to circulate the breeze more efficiently, creating a wind chill effect. Since ceiling fans only cool people and not the room itself; remember to turn off the fan when you leave the room.
Cook dinner outside. Cooking indoors heats up the kitchen and makes cooling systems more efficient, so opt for cooking outdoors instead.
Look for the ENERGY STAR rating when purchasing new appliances. Also, be sure to choose the right size when buying an air conditioning unit. An oversized or undersized air conditioner is less efficient and consumes more energy.
To learn more about the energy saving programs available, visit Eversource.com.
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