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Delmarva Power Urges Customers to Conserve Energy

Thursday, July 05, 2012

High Heat, Storm Damage and High Electrical Demand Taxing the System

SALISBURY, Md. – The National Weather Service predicts that extreme heat and humidity will continue into the weekend with temperatures exceeding 100 degrees.  

This record heat, damage to the electric system from the recent storm and high demand for electricity, as customers seek to cool their homes, are stressing the capabilities of the electric system. In response, Delmarva Power is asking customers to conserve electricity.

Tips for Conserving Energy
Delmarva Power recommends the tips below for conserving energy. To learn more, visit www.delmarva.com /energy/conservation/tips/.

  • During hot weather, a central air conditioner can account for 30 percent of a customer’s energy bill. Delmarva Power suggests checking the air filter regularly – a clean air filter improves system efficiency, which should lead to energy savings.
  • Set your thermostat at 78 degrees Fahrenheit, a reasonably comfortable and energy-efficient indoor temperature.
  • Have a professional check your air conditioning system to ensure that it works properly and is not leaking coolant.
  • Be sure all windows are shut and outside doors are closed when the air conditioning is on.
  • It is important not to have lamps, televisions or other heat sources close to the air conditioner thermostat. Heat from these sources may cause the air conditioner unit to run longer than it should.
  • Check to ensure that no furniture or other obstacles are blocking ducts or fans. This will enable cooled air to circulate freely, making your home more comfortable.

For more energy-saving information and additional updates, visit www.delmarva.com, follow us on Facebook and Twitter at DelmarvaConnect and download our mobile app at www.delmarva.com/mobileapp.

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Delmarva Power, a public utility owned by Pepco Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: POM), provides safe and reliable energy to more than 500,000 electric delivery customers in Delaware and Maryland and over 124,000 natural gas delivery customers in northern Delaware.