FirstEnergy Utilities Offer Hot Weather Tips
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 www.firstenergycorp.com. The operating companies
also will provide updates via Twitter:
oToledo Edison: @ToledoEdison
oThe Illuminating Company: @IlluminatingCo
oOhio Edison: @OhioEdison
oMon Power: @MonPowerWV
oPenn Power: @Penn_Power
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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