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Pepco and Regional Utilities Ask Customers to Continue to Use Energy Wisely

For Immediate Release
August 5, 2002

Pepco and other mid-Atlantic utilities today are asking customers to use energy wisely as the region`s heat wave enters its second week.

While Pepco expects to be able to meet customers` increased demand for electricity, the PJM Interconnection, of which Pepco is a member, is asking customers to use energy wisely to help avoid possible power supply problems.

Pepco recommends the following energy conservation tips, health permitting, especially from 3-7 p.m., when electricity demand is at its highest:

  • Close curtains and blinds to keep out the sun and retain cooler air inside your home or apartment,
  • Set your air-conditioner thermostat higher than usual,
  • Postpone using major heat-producing appliances like electric stoves and clothes dryers until the cooler evening hours, and
  • Turn off non-essential lights, appliances and equipment.

PJM`s region includes all or parts of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Ohio, Virginia, West Virginia and the District of Columbia. PJM operates the world`s largest competitive wholesale electricity market and North America`s largest power grid.

Point of Contact:
Charles Taylor

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