Orlando-area utility customers break record for electricity consumption
Most electricity used on a single day in KUA's 117-year history
ORLANDO, Fla.- – Does the scorching Florida summer sun have you desperately running back and forth to your thermostat each day? You’re not the only one.
Kissimmee Utility Authority, Florida's sixth largest community-owned utility, reported that its 74,000 customers used more electricity Wednesday than on any other day in the utility’s 117-year history.
The company recorded an instantaneous system peak of 374.5 megawatts (MW) at 4:55 p.m Wednesday. This surpassed the previous record of 374.1 MW set on July 6, 2016.
According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, the average annual electricity consumption for a U.S. residential utility customer was 10,766 kilowatthours (kWh) in 2016.
Energy costs typically soar during the spring and summer months as people seek refuge indoors from the unforgiving heat. This summer, temperatures in Florida have continued to climb, with Floridians battling triple-digit heat indexes.
KUA suggests the following tips to reduce energy costs during the summertime:
The U.S. Department of Energy also suggests a number of energy-saving actions, including investing in a programmable thermostat, raising the thermostat setpoint when you’re away from home, and sealing and insulating your home’s air duct systems.
Click here for more tips on how to conserve energy and money during the summer.
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