PSEG Long Island Is Ready for the First Heat Wave of the Season
PSEG Long Island has social distancing plans in place to work safely and provide excellent service
(UNIONDALE, N.Y. – July 16, 2020) –The upcoming forecast consists of rain and possible thunderstorms for Friday and temperatures of 90 degrees and above for Saturday, Sunday and the beginning of next week. PSEG Long Island is prepared for any weather and to meet the increased electrical demand that high temperatures bring.
“PSEG Long Island has been working nonstop over the past six years to increase the electric infrastructure’s resilience to extreme weather. When the pandemic struck, we developed new, safe work procedures and continued to upgrade the system to increase reliability and meet the rise in electrical demand that high temperatures bring,” said John O’Connell, vice president of Transmission and Distribution Operations, PSEG Long Island. “We would also like to remind customers of the importance of personal safety in times of high heat.”
During extreme heat conditions, customers should:
- Seek out air-conditioned spaces 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 or use our web chat feature at www.psegliny.com
- Follow PSEG Long Island on Facebook and Twitter to report an outage and for updates before, during and after the storm
- Visit PSEG Long Island’s outage information across Long Island and the Rockaways online at https://mypowermap.psegliny.com
As a reminder, the safety of PSEG Long Island’s customers and employees is the company’s top priority. We ask that customers remain in their homes while crews are working nearby. If customers must speak with our crews, we ask that they practice responsible “social distancing” and remain at least 6 feet away to ensure the health of everyone involved. For more information about how PSEG Long Island continues to live up to its commitments during the pandemic, please visit www.psegliny.com/covid19.
High temperatures can also lead to higher energy use, resulting in higher electric bills. To help save energy and money this summer, PSEG Long Island recommends the following tips for customers:
- 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/efficiency for more details.
- Seal holes and cracks around doors and windows with caulk or weather-stripping.
- Replace air filters monthly. Dirty filters make your air conditioner work harder.
- Operate appliances in the morning or evening when it is cooler outside.
- Set refrigerators and freezers to the most efficient temperatures
- Replace old appliances with new energy efficient ENERGY STAR® appliances
- Close blinds and draperies facing the sun to keep out the sun’s heat.
- Ceiling fans cool fast and cost less than air conditioning. (In hot weather, set your ceiling fan to spin quickly, counterclockwise to push air downward toward the floor.)
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/efficiency.
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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.