Kentucky's Public Service Commssion calls for energy conservation

By: Amy Bingham
By: Amy Bingham

Because of the high demand on energy suppliers, the Kentucky Public Service Commission is asking customers to conserve electricity so the strain on regional power transmission facilities can be lessened.

P-S-C Chairman Mark David Goss says no problems are anticipated in Kentucky, but energy conservation can help utilities during times of high demand and will, at the same time, lower utility bills for customers. No brownouts are expected during the current heat wave.

Both the Midwest Independent System Operator and the P-J-M Interconnection, Incorporated have requested that the utilities within their control areas ask their customers to reduce usage. The two grid operators experienced record demand early this week.

SAVING ENERGY IN THE SUMMER HEAT

· If you have central air conditioning, set your thermostat no lower than 78 degrees, which is comfortable for most people. Every degree below 78 raises your air conditioner’s energy consumption by 5 percent to 8 percent.

· Keep blinds and drapes closed during the day, particularly on windows facing south. This will reduce air conditioning demand by keeping out sun and heat.

· Lights, televisions, computers and appliances not only use electricity, they generate heat. Keep them turned off when they are not needed.

· Use appliances such as ovens, dishwashers and clothes dryers early in the day or late in the evening, when temperatures are cooler.

· Use your microwave instead of your stove and oven. It generates less heat.

· Use fans to supplement room or central air conditioning. They do not lower air temperatures, but the breeze they produce makes it feel cooler. Fans use much less electricity than air conditioners.

· Use the exhaust fans in your bathroom sparingly. In just one hour they can remove a houseful of cooled air.

· Replace incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescents. Not only do fluorescents use much less energy and last 10 times longer, they generate less heat.


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