Heat wave: Kissimmee sets all-time record for electricity usage

Utility company shares tips on how to reduce energy

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KISSIMMEE, Fla. – The Kissimmee Utility Authority said customers in the city used more electricity Tuesday than at any other time in the company's 118-year history.

Temperatures hit 95 in the city on Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service.

The company said it recorded an instantaneous system peak of 380.8 megawatts at 5:13 p.m. The previous record was 374.5 megawatts.

The previous record was set on Aug. 8, 2018, according to the company.

Officials shared tips on how to reduce energy:

  • Set thermostat to 78 to 80 degrees. The company said raising the temperature just two degrees can reduce cooling costs by as much as five%.
  • Air conditioner filters should be cleaned monthly.
  • Make use of ceiling and portable fans to keep air moving.
  • Close blinds to keep sun's rays from heating up the house.

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