PSEG Long Island Is Preparing for High Heat
Smart use of electricity will help ensure peak demand does not exceed forecast
(UNIONDALE, N.Y. – Sept. 5, 2023) With a high heat and humidity forecast for Tuesday and Wednesday, PSEG Long Island encourages customers to conserve energy to save themselves money and help reduce overall electric demand.
While PSEG Long Island expects to have the power required to meet customer demand, PSEG Long Island encourages customers to take these easy and practical measures that can reduce peak demand and save them money:
- Set home thermostats or air conditioner units to 78 degrees.
- Run major appliances such as washing machines, dishwashers and pool pumps, in the morning or late evening to avoid the peak demand hours of 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.
- Set refrigerators and freezers at most-efficient temperatures.
- Do not cool an empty house. Set your thermostat higher when you are away, or use a smart thermostat to control the temperature in your home. Customers can receive an incentive on qualifying thermostats for enrolling in PSEG Long Island’s Smart Savers Thermostat program, which can be used to control usage during peak summer days. Visit https://www.psegliny.com/smartsavers for more details.
- Commercial customers may sign up for the Commercial System Relief program. Visit https://www.psegliny.com/contactus/businessandcommercialsavings/csrp for more details.
- Close blinds and window coverings facing the sun to keep out the sun’s heat.
- Ceiling fans cool fast and cost less than air conditioning. (In hot weather, set ceiling fans to spin quickly, counterclockwise to push air downward.)
- Seal holes and cracks around doors and windows with caulk or weather-stripping.
- Replace old appliances with new energy efficient ENERGY STAR® appliances.
- Replace air filters monthly. Dirty filters make your air conditioner work harder.
PSEG Long Island also recommends customers consider safety measures during high temperatures.
“To provide customers with safe, reliable electric service, we have been upgrading equipment and positioning our personnel to respond effectively if needed,” said Michael Sullivan, PSEG Long Island’s vice president of Electric Operations. “We would also like to emphasize the importance of personal safety in times of high heat.”
During high heat conditions, customers should:
- Seek out air-conditioned spaces, if possible, if their homes become too warm.
- Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water. Avoid drinks with caffeine or alcohol.
- Avoid wearing dark colors because they absorb the sun’s rays.
- Never leave children or pets alone in enclosed vehicles.
- Avoid strenuous exercise during the hottest part of the day, which is between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
High temperatures and high electric demand can sometimes cause scattered, heat-related outages. PSEG Long Island will have additional personnel available to address outages safely and as quickly as possible.
- Download the PSEG Long Island mobile app to report outages and receive information on restoration times, crew locations and more
- To report an outage and receive status updates via text, text OUT to PSEGLI (773454) or visit us online at www.psegliny.com/outages
- To report an outage or downed wire call PSEG Long Island’s 24-hour Electric Service number: 800-490-0075
- Follow PSEG Long Island on Facebook and Twitter to report an outage and for updates before, during and after a storm
- Visit PSEG Long Island’s outage information across Long Island and the Rockaways online at https://mypowermap.psegliny.comttps://mypowermap.psegliny.com
PSEG Long Island energy efficiency programs provide residential and commercial customers with tools to lower energy use and save money. For information on PSEG Long Island energy saving programs and tips, visit https://www.psegliny.com/savemoney.
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PSEG Long Island
PSEG Long Island operates the Long Island Power Authority’s transmission and distribution system under a long-term contract. PSEG Long Island is a subsidiary of Public Service Enterprise Group Inc. (PSEG) (NYSE:PEG), a publicly traded diversified energy company.