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July 2, 2018

For Release: Immediately 

Warmer Temperatures Prompt Higher Energy Usage, Prices

Customers urged to conserve to manage energy bills

Hot and humid weather is forecast today, which may prompt higher energy use as residents and businesses rely on air conditioning to keep cool.

“The wholesale market supply price for electricity generally rises this time of year, as households and businesses rely on air conditioning to keep cool,” said Michael L. Mosher, President and C.E.O. of Central Hudson. He explained that the double impact of higher prices and increased usage often occurs during the warmest days. Using appliances efficiently, especially in the summer, can help residents manage their energy bills.

Ways in which customers can save energy include:

  • Turning off lights and appliances when not in use, and unplugging electronic devices, such as televisions, entertainment systems and computers, that continue to draw power even when off. Some devices use up to 25 watts of “standby power” when idle, and approximately 10 percent of the total energy used by homes powers devices that are not in use. Plugging these devices into a power strip and then switching off the strip when the devices are not used is a convenient and effective way to reduce standby power.
  • Setting thermostats on air conditioners to 78 degrees and higher during times when the home is not occupied, and considering the use of fans to keep cool. Also, changing dirty filters on air conditioners will help the unit run more efficiently.
  • Using large appliances such as dishwashers and clothes dryers during the evening hours, when overall energy use is less.
  • Closing doors, windows, curtains, shades and blinds during the day to seal out the heat and block sunlight when temperatures are at their highest.
  • Keeping refrigerator and freezer doors closed as long as possible, and limiting the time they are opened.

Find information about Central Hudson’s energy efficiency programs, products, incentives and rebates by visiting the CenHub Store and Efficiency links at www.CentralHudson.com.

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