O&R Declares Heat Watch For Sept. 12.

Orange and Rockland has issued a heat advisory for the day and is urging residents of Rockland County to use electricity wisely as the heat is expected to cause O&R’s electricity demand load to reach over 1,300 megawatts. According to the statement released by O&R spokesman Mike Donovan, the company will be watching the distribution circuits, transformer banks and other areas that may see an issue due to the heat so that any problems will be taken care of quickly. Some tips that the company would like the county to be aware of are; set your thermostat to 78 degrees or higher for maximum savings on cooling costs, any degrees lower and the costs go up. If you have to use your oven or stove, wait until cooler times of the day, if possible, or night. Use a fan to circulate cooler air, as fans use 90% less energy than an air conditioner. Set your air conditioner fan to a lower setting to prevent hot air from coming in to your house. Close curtains or shades with the sun as it moves through the day to prevent heat from building up inside your house. Cover liquids in your fridge, they create humidity and cause more energy to be used, also leave most used items in an easy spot in your fridge so the door will remain open for less time. If you have issues or need information call O&R at 1-877-434-4100 or visit www.oru.com.

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