Dominion Virginia Power Encourages Customers to Use Electricity Wisely During Hot Weather

Dominion Virginia Power Encourages Customers to Use Electricity Wisely During
                                 Hot Weather

PR Newswire

RICHMOND, Va., July 10, 2013

RICHMOND, Va., July 10, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --With months of summer heat and
humidity still ahead, Dominion Virginia Power is encouraging its customers to
use energy wisely. Dominion is offering tips to ensure that customers remain
safe and as comfortable as possible and save money.

During times of extremely hot weather, residential electricity usage can soar,
leading to higher bills. Home energy conservation reduces residential bills
and helps to ensure there is enough electricity to meet all customers' needs.
(Note to editors: tips and videos on conserving energy are available online

Dominion offers these tips to help lower electric bills and energy usage while
keeping homes comfortable:

  oPostpone activities that require hot water – such as washing dishes or
    clothes – to early morning or late evening. This will avoid adding more
    heat and humidity to the home.
  oAvoid using the stove if possible and consider grilling outside instead.
    Plan carefully to minimize the number of trips in and out of the home,
    which allow heat to enter.
  oRaise the temperature setting on the thermostat. For every degree raised,
    customers can save as much as 3 percent on cooling costs.
  oTurn off unnecessary lights. They add to the heat in the home. Consider
    switching to cooler, energy-efficient CFL bulbs or LED bulbs.
  oUse ceiling fans and portable floor fans to move the air around in the
    home. If the home does not have air conditioning, fans are essential for
    cooling. In homes with air conditioning, fans allow residents to raise the
    thermostat and save energy without affecting comfort.
  oClose drapes during the hottest times of the day to block heat from
    entering the home.
  oMake sure window air conditioners are sized correctly. Ones that are too
    small will run constantly but not cool the room. Ones that are too large
    use more energy than necessary.
  oClean filters in window air conditioning units and clean or replace
    filters in central air conditioning systems. Clogged filters cause air
    conditioners to use more energy than necessary to keep a home cool.

Dominion Virginia Power is a part of Dominion (NYSE: D), one of the nation's
largest producers and transporters of energy, with a portfolio of
approximately 27,000 megawatts of generation; 11,000 miles of natural gas
transmission, gathering and storage pipelines; and 3.8 million electric and
natural gas distribution customers . Dominion also operates the one of the
nation's largest natural gas storage systems and the Cove Point liquefied
natural gas facility, and serves retail energy customers in 15 states. For
more information about Dominion, visit the company's website at

It's easy, secure and convenient to enroll in Dominion's eBill paperless
billing program at:

SOURCE Dominion Virginia Power

Contact: Karl R. Neddenien, (804) 771-6115,, or Le-Ha
Anderson, (703) 796-9308,, or Bonita B. Harris (757)
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