Thinking about energy conservation is always a good thing, but especially during times of extremely hot weather. Saving energy resources and money helps individual families in Massachusetts and, as a result, all consumers across the Commonwealth.

The Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation is working with the Independent System Operator of New England (ISO), administrator of the regional electrical grid, to make consumers aware of the simple steps they can take, if called upon, to reduce energy demand during "heat waves". During a Power Watch, ISO would appeal directly to the public for voluntary conservation measures. New England households would be asked to implement some of the following energy conservation steps between 1:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. on the designated Power Watch day:

  • Refrain from clothes washer/dryer and dishwasher use.
  • 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 76 degrees or higher.
  • Use an attic fan to draw hot air out of the home.

A Power Warning, though rarely necessary, would be when ISO requests that Governor Romney and his counterparts in the six state New England region make a direct appeal to the citizenry and business community to reduce electric usage during the peak demand hours of 1:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. on the Power Warning day during a heat wave.

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