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For Immediate Release


Pepco Asks Customers to Conserve Electricity

Heat Continues to Push Electricity Use Higher

WASHINGTON - Pepco today requested the public to conserve electricity. The call for conservation was prompted by the intense heat wave.

The request is being made throughout Pepco's service territory.

Demand for electricity is expected to increase as the excessive heat and humidity continue. The electric utility asks customers to conserve electricity, if health permits, especially between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Electricity customers can take simple conservation steps:

  • Close curtains and blinds to keep out the sun and retain cooler air inside.
  • Postpone using major electric household appliances such as stoves, dishwashers and clothes dryers until the cooler evening hours.
  • If health permits, set air conditioner thermostats higher than usual.
  • Turn off electric appliances and equipment that you do not need or are not using.

Conserving electricity will help ensure adequate power supplies. Pepco continues to carefully monitor power supply conditions. It will do everything possible to keep power flowing in the region. If necessary the utility may take additional steps, such as reducing voltage.


Pepco, a subsidiary of Pepco Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: POM), delivers safe, reliable and affordable electric service to more than 778,000 customers in Maryland and the District of Columbia.

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