Avoid Power Outages: Conserve Power
While power outages occur infrequently in New York City, they are most likely to happen during the hot summer months when utility usage is at its peak. Plan ahead to ensure your home and workplace are prepared for a potential outage. It is always a good idea to have emergency supplies on hand in case of an outage. If you lose power, notify your utility provider immediately. You should also take steps to remain cool. If this is impossible in the absence of electricity, go to a cool location such as a friend or relative's home, theater, restaurant, library or other air-conditioned facility, or call 311 to find out whether a cooling center is open near you.
During periods of intense electrical usage, such as on hot, humid days, it is important to conserve as much energy as possible to avoid brownouts and other electrical disruptions.
- Set your air conditioner thermostat no lower than 78 degrees — a 75-degree setting uses 18 percent more electricity and a 72-degree setting uses 39 percent more electricity. This setting allows for sufficient cooling while still conserving electric power.
- Only use an air conditioner when you are home. If you want to cool your room down before you arrive home, set a timer to have it switch on no more than one-half hour before you arrive
- Turn off all nonessential appliances.
- Turn off lights in unoccupied rooms.
- Only use appliances that have heavy electrical loads (dishwashers, washers, dryers) early in the morning or very late at night.
While diminishing your power usage may seem like an inconvenience, your cooperation will help to ensure that utilities can continue to provide uninterrupted electrical service.
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