For Immediate Release
Pepco today urged customers to conserve energy wherever possible as extremely high temperatures are expected to push demand for electricity to near record levels across the entire Mid-Atlantic region.
Pepco and PJM, the regional power grid operator for 13 states including Maryland and the District of Columbia, said voluntary conservation measures are needed to meet the peak demand for power, especially between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Prudent use of electricity could help maintain the reliability of the interstate transmission system and prevent the need for additional, more stringent energy-saving measures.
Pepco offers the following conservation tips for electricity consumers:
• Close curtains and blinds to keep out the sun and retain cooler air inside,• Postpone using major electric appliances such as stoves, dishwashers and clothes dryers until the cooler evening hours,• If health permits, set your air conditioner thermostat at 78 degrees and use fans if available to aid cooling,• Turn off non-essential electric appliances and equipment. Pepco will continue to monitor conditions and request the public's assistance as necessary.
For more energy-saving tips, visit www.pepco.com.
Pepco, a subsidiary of Pepco Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: POM), delivers safe, reliable and affordable electric service to more than 725,000 customers in Maryland and the District of Columbia.