FirstEnergy Utilities Offer Tips on How to Use Energy Wisely During Excessive Summer Heat

FirstEnergy Utilities Offer Tips on How to Use Energy Wisely During Excessive
                                 Summer Heat

Company Continues to Monitor Its System and Has Contingency Plans in Place to
Handle Consecutive 90 Degree Days

PR Newswire

AKRON, Ohio, July 17, 2013

AKRON, Ohio, July 17, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- As another 90 degree day impacts
FirstEnergy's (NYSE: FE) service area, the company is offering suggestions to
customers on how to stay comfortable while using electricity wisely during
this period of high demand. In addition, company personnel are monitoring the
system closely and have staffing and resource plans in place should any
localized service interruptions occur as a result of the heat.

"Even though the excessive heat has resulted in heavy electricity usage as our
customers try to keep cool, our system is very robust and is designed to
operate effectively even in these extreme conditions," said Charles E. Jones,
president of FirstEnergy's utilities. "We are monitoring the situation very
closely and if our customers experience any localized service interruptions
due to the heat, all they need to do is call and our crews will respond."

While PJM Interconnection, the regional grid operator, does not expect any
major issues with the supply of power in the region, here are some
common-sense hot weather tips customers can follow to reduce their electrical

  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
  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.
  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

FirstEnergy utilities include Jersey Central Power & Light in New Jersey;Ohio
Edison, The Cleveland Electric Illuminating Company andToledo Edison in Ohio;
Metropolitan Edison Company, Pennsylvania Electric Company, Pennsylvania
Power, and West Penn Power in Pennsylvania; Mon Power in West Virginia; and
Potomac Edison in Maryland.

Customers who are without power are encouraged to call 1-888-LIGHTSS
(1-888-544-4877) to report their outage or click the "Report Outage" link on via smartphone.

For updated company information, including hot weather tips, customers are
urged to visit the 24/7 Power Center at The
utility 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's new texting and alert services and continued enhancements to its
website and outage maps have made it easier for customers to report outages
and obtain restoration information.

Customers can subscribe to receive alert notifications via email or text
message that contain information about bills, weather conditions that may
impact electrical service, or updates on reported outages. Customers also can
use text messaging to report outages, request updates on restoration efforts,
and make other inquiries about their account.

Customers can sign up for text messaging by texting REG to 544487 (LIGHTS).
Additional sign-up instructions, a guide to texting codes and terms and
conditions, can be found at

The alert and text message services are provided free of charge to FirstEnergy
customers. However, mobile carriers may charge customers to send and receive
text messages or use data services. Customers should contact their carrier
for more details about message and data rates.

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. Follow
FirstEnergy on Twitter @FirstEnergyCorp.

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SOURCE FirstEnergy Corp.

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