Posted Monday, July 20th, 2020
Message from FirstEnergy( JCP&L): Prepared for Summer Heat, Offers Assistance to Customers
As summer temperatures soar, so does electricity use as air conditioners, refrigerators and other electric equipment work harder to help keep us comfortable. FirstEnergy has prepared for the current situation through comprehensive system inspections and maintenance programs to help ensure system reliability.
FirstEnergy uses “thermovision” cameras to capture infrared images that can detect potential problems with electrical equipment in substations and on poles.
By identifying hot spots, proactive maintenance and repairs can be conducted. Helicopter patrols also are used to inspect transmission lines prior to high-demand summer season.
Hot weather tips customers can follow to stay comfortable while using electricity wisely during this period of high demand:
- Set thermostats as high as comfort will allow. Every degree a customer can increase the temperature in a residence will result in about 2 percent less energy use on the hottest summer days.
- Close drapes or blinds on windows facing the sun to prevent direct radiant heating from impacting interior temperatures.
- Use fans – moving air cools skin faster, resulting in greater comfort on hot days. se a programmable thermostat to keep temperatures higher when no one is home, and to reduce the temperature before arrival back home.
- Only operate window air conditioners when someone is in the room.
- Keep refrigerators and freezers as full as possible. Frozen or cold items in the refrigerator help keep other items cool, reducing the amount of work the refrigerator must do to maintain a lower temperature.
- Close rooms that aren’t used regularly during the summer, and close the air conditioning vents in those rooms.
- Avoid using heat-producing appliances during the hottest hours. The less heat produced at home, the less work the air conditioner will do.
- Consider investing in ENERGY STAR® appliances or heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) systems.
- Check air conditioner and furnace fan filters. Clogged filters waste energy and money by forcing HVAC systems to work harder than necessary.
For more information, visit the FirstEnergy website.