PECO Offers Tips to Help Customers Beat the Heat
Extreme temperatures cause increased electric usage and higher bills
PHILADELPHIA -- July 16, 2013
With extreme temperatures and heat indexes forecasted to reach triple digits
this week, PECO reminds customers to manage their energy use. As temperatures
rise, customers use more energy to cool their homes, impacting their monthly
bill. Customers can save energy and money by following a few simple tips:
*Manage your thermostat: For customers with central air conditioning, keep
thermostats at a constant, comfortable level (74 to 76 degrees, or even
higher) when at home. Raise the thermostat setting a few degrees for days
with extreme heat (90 degrees or higher) to save even more. Lowering the
thermostat setting below the desired temperature will not cool your home
faster, it will just waste energy and money.
*Check air conditioner size and placement: For those with room air
conditioners, ensure that the appliance is sized properly for the room and
turn the unit off if someone is not going to be in the room for an
extended period of time. Place window air conditioners on the north or
shady side of the house to avoid overworking the unit in the hot daytime
*Let the cool air flow: Keep vents clear of carpets, drapery and furniture,
and close the vents in rooms that you don’t use very much.
*Use fans to circulate air: For those without any air conditioning, we
recommend ceiling fans or portable fans operating with the windows
partially open to circulate fresh air into your home. For those with air
conditioning, use fans to evenly distribute cool air and reduce the unit’s
*Use appliances wisely: To reduce heat and moisture during the warmest part
of the day, run appliances such as ovens, washing machines, dryers and
dishwashers in the early morning or evening hours when it’s generally
cooler outside. Also, use a microwave to cook, or barbecue outside, if
possible, during the hottest days.
*Keep shades, blinds and curtains closed: About 40 percent of unwanted heat
comes through windows. Simply drawing blinds and curtains, which act as a
layer of insulation, can reduce heat gain to your home. Window coatings
and window film can reflect as much as 80 percent of direct rays from the
*Keep the hot air out: Turn off all unnecessary lighting and appliances,
which add heat to the home. Keep doors to the outside, garage or attic
firmly closed to keep cool air in and hot air out.
PECO reminds customers to think “safety” during the hot weather. Those without
air conditioning are encouraged to visit a public library, shopping mall,
movie theater or other sites where conditions would be more comfortable. It
also is a good idea to check on elderly neighbors and relatives.
PECO manages the largest and most comprehensive Universal Services program in
the state to provide support for low-and fixed-income customers. The company
has many programs to help customers manage their energy costs and save money.
More information regarding PECO’s programs can be found at www.peco.com/help.
Customers who are not eligible for low-and fixed-income assistance, but are
having trouble managing their energy costs should also consider taking
advantage of other programs, including budget billing. Budget billing makes
short-term fluctuations in monthly bills much easier to handle by dividing
annual energy costs evenly throughout the year.
All customers also can save money on their monthly energy bills by using
energy as efficiently and taking advantage of PECO Smart Ideas, the company’s
suite of energy efficiency programs. To find even more ways to save energy and
money, visit www.peco.com/SmartIdeas.
Based in Philadelphia, PECO is an electric and natural gas utility subsidiary
of Exelon Corporation (NYSE: EXC). PECO serves 1.6 million electric and
497,000 natural gas customers in southeastern Pennsylvania and employs about
2,400 people in the region. PECO delivered 76.5 billion cubic feet of natural
gas and 37.5 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity in 2012. Founded in 1881,
PECO is one of the Greater Philadelphia Region's most active corporate
citizens, providing leadership, volunteer and financial support to numerous
arts and culture, education, environmental, economic development and community
programs and organizations.
215-841-4137 or 215-841-5555
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