FirstEnergy Utilities Offer Hot Weather Tips

                 FirstEnergy Utilities Offer Hot Weather Tips

PR Newswire

AKRON, Ohio, June 25, 2013

AKRON, Ohio, June 25, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- This week is bringing the first
stretch of hot, humid weather to FirstEnergy's (NYSE: FE) service areas for
the summer of 2013. Customers should consider taking steps to stay cool and
make sure their friends and family remain safe during the intense heat.

"With the summer heat comes heavy electricity usage as our customers try to
keep cool," said Charles E. Jones, president of FirstEnergy's utilities.
"There are many steps customers can take to increase both their own comfort
level and their wise use of electricity as the hotter weather continues
throughout the summer."

Some common-sense hot weather tips include:

  oDuring sunny weather, close drapes or blinds on the sunny side of your
    home to prevent the sun from directly heating the inside of your home.
  oSet your air conditioner's thermostat to as high a temperature as is
    comfortable. Every degree you can increase the temperature in your home
    will result in using about 3 percent less energy during the hottest summer
  oUse fans – moving air cools your skin faster, resulting in greater comfort
    on hot days.
  oUse a programmable thermostat to keep the temperature in your home warmer
    during the work day then set it to be cooler by the time you arrive home.
  oFor window air conditioners, only operate the unit while someone is in the
  oKeep your refrigerator and freezer as full as you can. Frozen or cold
    items in the refrigerator help keep other items cool, reducing the amount
    of work your refrigerator has to do to maintain a lower temperature.
  oClose rooms you don't use regularly during the summer, and close the air
    conditioning vents in those rooms, as well.
  oTry to avoid using heat-producing appliances in your home during the
    hottest hours of the day. The less heat you produce in your home, the
    less work your air conditioner will have to do.
  oConsider investing in ENERGY STAR® appliances or HVAC systems. Your
    utility company may offer rebates on these purchases, and tax deductions
    may apply, as well.
  oCheck your furnace filter and, if necessary, change it. Clogged filters
    waste energy and money by forcing your HVAC system to work harder than

For a variety of important information regarding energy usage, FirstEnergy
customers are urged to visit The operating companies
also will provide updates via Twitter:

  oToledo Edison: @ToledoEdison
  oThe Illuminating Company: @IlluminatingCo
  oOhio Edison: @OhioEdison
  oMon Power: @MonPowerWV
  oJCP&L: @JCP_L
  oPenn Power: @Penn_Power
  oPenelec: @Penelec
  oMet-ED: @Met_Ed
  oPotomac Edison: @PotomacEdison
  oWest Penn Power: @W_Penn_Power

FirstEnergy is a diversified energy company dedicated to safety, reliability
and operational excellence. Its 10 electric distribution companies form one of
the nation's largest investor-owned electric systems, serving customers in
Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, West Virginia, Maryland and New York. Its
generation subsidiaries control more than 20,000 megawatts of capacity from a
diversified mix of scrubbed coal, non-emitting nuclear, natural gas, hydro,
pumped-storage hydro and other renewables. Follow FirstEnergy on Twitter

SOURCE FirstEnergy Corp.

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