Energy Saving Information
The City of Madisonville's Electric Department has received the following information from our electric provider which encourages customers to conserve energy usage during the extreme heat:
LG&E and KU Offer Advice to Help Reduce the Impacts of Continued Extreme Heat Simple actions can lower energy usage, reduce demands on power system and HVAC units. Summer weather puts considerable strain on the entire electrical grid. By taking simple energy efficient steps customers can help lower energy consumption.
- Set air conditioners to the highest comfortable setting during the day: 78-80 degrees works for most people. Raising your air conditioner setting by one degree can save you 4-7 percent on the cooling portion of your energy bill.
- Turn off all unnecessary appliances. Use fluorescent lighting, which is cooler.
- Turn off all unnecessary appliances. Run your dishwashers, dryers and washing machines during the evening hours (after 7 p.m.) when energy consumption is lower.
- Use ceiling fans to circulate the cool air. Fans can help you feel more comfortable at higher temperatures. Window fans, ceiling fans or whole-house fans use much less power and are an alternative to air conditioners. Turn the fan off when you leave the room since the fan does its job by cooling you - not the room.
- Close curtains, drapes and/or blinds to keep the hot sun's heat out of your home.
- Don't close air registers and do not close off rooms completely because it can increase system pressure and damage the compressor. Furniture or drapes should not block air registers.
- Cook outdoors on your grill; use a microwave oven or a slow cooker or prepare cold meals to avoid heating up the kitchen and adding moisture to the air. Microwaves use less than half the power of a conventional oven and cook food in about one-fourth the time.
- Check your air filters monthly - even on extended filters. Change if necessary. Dirty air filters make your air conditioner work harder. Clean the filter in the window units as well. It is behind the front panel.
The outdoor unit of an air conditioner should be kept free from plants, dirt or grass clippings that will interfere with air circulation. Wash the coil periodically with a garden hose.
"We work hard to ensure our system can meet the increased energy demand, but we also know that customers want information on how to better control their energy usage on days of near-record temperatures," said Chip Keeling, Vice President of Communications. "By following just a few simple steps, customers can maintain their comfort level, but help curb energy consumption, reducing overall demand on our system and on their HVAC units."
Visit www.lge-ku.com/ee for additional tips and information concerning energy efficiency programs.