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Delmarva Power Asks Customers to Conserve Electricity

Wednesday, July 07, 2010

Heat Continues to Push Electricity Use Higher

NEWARK, Del. – Delmarva Power today requested the public to conserve electricity. The call for conservation was prompted by the intense heat wave.

The request is being made throughout Delmarva Power’s service territory.

Demand for electricity is expected to increase as the excessive heat and humidity continue. The electric utility asks customers to conserve electricity, if health permits, especially between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Electricity customers can take simple conservation steps:

  • Close curtains and blinds to keep out the sun and retain cooler air inside.
  • Postpone using major electric household appliances such as stoves, dishwashers and clothes dryers until the cooler evening hours.
  • If health permits, set air conditioner thermostats higher than usual.
  • Turn off electric appliances and equipment that you do not need or are not using.

Conserving electricity will help ensure adequate power supplies. Delmarva Power continues to carefully monitor power supply conditions. It will do everything possible to keep power flowing in the region. If necessary the utility may take additional steps, such as reducing voltage.

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Delmarva Power, a public utility owned by Pepco Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: POM), provides safe and reliable energy to nearly 498,000 electric delivery customers in Delaware and Maryland and over 123,000 natural gas delivery customers in northern Delaware .