(The following press release from Connecticut Light & Power was received
by e-mail. The sender verified the statement.)
CL&P Readies System for Peak Demand Season
Company investing $30 million in summer preparations
BERLIN, Conn. (May 29, 2013) – With summer’s heat soon to be arriving in
the region, Connecticut Light and Power is letting customers know the
company is prepared for the traditional spike in electricity use. As
higher temperatures prompt increased use of air conditioning in homes and
businesses, demand for electricity across the region is at its highest
during the summer months. CL&P is in the final stages of its annual
preparations to ensure the electric delivery system will once again meet
this summertime demand for power.
"While we work year-round to make our system stronger, the specific
preparations for the summer months actually begin during the previous
fall," said Ken Bowes, Vice President of Energy Delivery Services at CL&P.
"This year, we're investing about $30 million in our system for greater
reliability and to reduce the possibility of service interruptions for our
customers, especially during the hot summer months when our system is
pushed to its limits."
One of the steps the company has taken is to upgrade underground systems
that serve densely populated areas. CL&P also conducted helicopter
infrared surveys of transmission lines and completed ground surveys of
more than 200 electrical substations. These surveys test and verify the
integrity of the electric system and help identify potential trouble
spots. In addition, work has been done to boost electric circuit capacity
– increasing the ability to provide electricity to customers without
compromising delivery equipment when temperatures and electrical demand
are at their highest.
Consumers can put the following energy efficiency tips into action right
away to keep energy use down now and throughout the summer. Money-saving
rebates are also available to help make efficiency improvements more
Keeping the heat out keeps the cool in – Sunlight shining in windows adds
unwanted summer heat to homes, making it harder to keep indoor air cool.
Using blinds, shades or drapes to block the sun can help. And, even
without air conditioning, most homes will stay cooler if the windows are
closed during the hottest part of the day. Simply close them early and
open them again when the outside temperature drops.
Air conditioners work best in the shade – If possible, keep room air
conditioners out of the sun. They run much more efficiently when kept
cool. Installing one in a north-facing window is usually ideal.
Raising the temperature lowers the bill – Keeping air conditioner
thermostats set at a moderate temperature saves energy and money. Because
air conditioners also remove humidity from the air, they’ll help keep you
cool even with a higher temperature setting.
It’s a great time to cook outside – Cooking indoors will heat your home,
cooking outdoors won’t. Today’s gas grills are more than just a way to
cook traditional summertime favorites – they make great ovens, too. A
closed lid and a properly adjusted temperature can result in a perfectly
cooked meal. Many grill manufacturers even list the optimal settings and
provide easy recipes right in the owner’s manual.
Fridges and freezers are big-time energy users – To make the most of your
energy dollars, be sure to vacuum their coils regularly, close their doors
quickly and keep them well-stocked. Using jugs of water is a perfect
low-cost option to fill empty space. Old refrigerators and freezers
typically use three times more electricity than today’s energy-efficient
models. If that extra fridge or freezer in the basement isn’t really
needed, consider unplugging it for extra savings.
CL&P’s energy efficiency expert, Enoch Lenge, offers additional tips on
saving energy and money in his monthly column on www.cl-p.com. Check out
this month’s column, “Stay Cool with an Efficient Air Conditioner” for
information on buying an efficient air conditioner, preparing an existing
system for summertime and money-saving rebates.
Connecticut Light & Power (CL&P), a Northeast Utilities company (NYSE:
NU), transmits and delivers electricity to 1.2 million customers in 149
cities and towns. For more information, please visit www.cl-p.com, like
us on Facebook (facebook.com/CTLightandPower) and follow us on Twitter
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