For Immediate Release - August 01, 2006

Consumers Asked to Conserve Energy Use during Hot Weather

Consumers Asked to Conserve Energy Use during Hot Weather

The Office of Consumer Affairs is asking residents to conserve their energy use today and Wednesday during forecasted extreme heat to ensure enough power supply to meet increased demand.

"I'm asking consumers to pitch in and reduce their energy consumption Tuesday and Wednesday during the hours of 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. to help make sure we have the energy supply we need during these very hot days," said Consumer Affairs Director Janice S. Tatarka. "Taking simple steps like delaying running your dishwasher until after 8:00 p.m. will help reduce your energy use during peak hours."

Even though New England's electricity usage is forecasted to reach record-breaking levels, power resources are expected to be adequate to handle the increased demand. Following these simple steps to save energy will help the system maintain its reliability.

The Office of Consumer Affairs requests that residents reduce their energy use today and tomorrow, especially during the hours of 1:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m., keeping mindful of their personal health and well-being.

Conservation Tips

  • Delay clothes washer/dryer and dishwasher use to late evening.
  • Turn off computers and other home electronics.
  • Use a microwave or outdoor grill instead of an oven to cook food.
  • Use ceiling fans to circulate air within the home.
  • Turn up the air conditioner thermostat to 74 to 78 degrees.
  • Use an attic fan to draw hot air out of the home.
  • Turn off air conditioners when leaving home for extended periods.

For more energy conservation tips and other ways to beat the heat please visit www.mass.gov.