Because of hot, humid weather expected today, Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative (SMECO) is asking all customers to curtail their energy usage. SMECO is making this announcement at the request of the PJM Interconnection power pool, which supplies energy to the Cooperative. While the power pool expects to have adequate supplies of electricity today, it issued the request as a prudent precaution.
Customers are requested to refrain from using nonessential lighting and heavy equipment, large motors and appliances such as washers, dryers, dishwashers and ovens. Turning off water heaters for a few hours and raising air conditioner thermostats to the highest comfortable level will also help to conserve energy.
More specific ways to help curtail energy use are to:
o use a fan in conjunction with an air conditioner;
o use a microwave oven or outside grill for cooking needs when possible;
o close shades, blinds, or drapes to keep out the hot rays of the sun;
o make sure that furniture does not obstruct the air conditioning vents; and,
o position heat-producing appliances, such as televisions or lamps, away from the thermostat.
While the temperature remains high, SMECO is asking its members to do what they can to limit their use of power. In addition, during the time of curtailment, SMECO reminds customers to save computer information frequently.