As Heat Wave Enters Its 3rd Day, O&R Advises Wise Electric Use
As relentlessly oppressive heat and humidity bake the region again today, O&R reminds its customers to continue to use electricity wisely.
The persistent sizzling heat and stifling humidity are driving exceptionally heavy air conditioning use and its accompanying high electricity demand.
O&R has mobilized its emergency response team and also has secured additional crews to work around the clock through the weekend to make any repairs and restore electric service as needed as quickly as possible.
O&R urges the public to put safety first if confronted by any weather-related electric system damage.
For example, O&R advises the public to stay away from downed wires and transformers, and to take other safety precautions as needed.
If you have a power outage, you can report it and check to see when your lights will be back on through:
- At www.oru.com from any computer or web-based mobile device.
- O&R mobile app from your iPhone, iPad or Android device
- Text messaging by texting “OUT” to 69678 (myORU) or
- Call 1-877-434-4100.
If you experience a power outage, don’t assume that O&R automatically knows about it or that someone else will report it. We need your help to make sure the outage is reported. The more information you can provide, the more O&R can help you.
The New York State Department of Health website features a list by county throughout the state of cooling centers that are available locally to provide hot-weather relief for the general public.
Find that list by using this link. Always call the cooling center to make sure it is open before you attempt to visit it. https://www.health.ny.gov/environmental/weather/cooling/countycenters.htm#rockland
In New Jersey, the statewide 211 information organization has posted the following link to its website where it maintains a list of cooling centers, where available, by county.
To help cope with the weekend’s dangerously high temperatures and humidity, O&R provides these coping tips:
- Turning down or turning off air conditioning in your home while you are away or at work helps lower your energy bill.
- Setting your air conditioner to the highest temperature your comfort and health allow. Every degree you lower the thermostat raises your bill by 6 percent.
- Adjusting your air conditioner’s fan to a low setting can make you more comfortable. It’ll take longer for the air conditioner to cool your home, but your unit will bring in steamy air at a slower rate.
- If you have already received a new smart meter, you can take advantage of viewing your detailed energy usage and customized energy savings tips located in your online account at oru.com.
- Closing all doors and windows in your home while the air conditioning is running can make things cooler at a lower price.
- Cooking, baking or other household activities that produce heat and humidity are best left for the cooler times of the day and night.
- Pulling your curtains and shades closed can help block out the heat.
- Covering liquid items in the refrigerator is best. The humidity they give off forces the refrigerator to use more energy.
- Placing the most used items in one place in the refrigerator helps keep the door open for a shorter period of time.
To help its customers use electricity this summer as wisely as possible, O&R is promoting a number of energy efficiency programs for residential, small business and commercial and industrial customers.
Among those programs is O&R’s online store. The My ORU Store www.myorustore.com is a digital marketplace that offers O&R’s residential customers a wide variety of energy-saving household products including LED lights, water/energy saving devices, advanced power strips, smart thermostats and connected home products. Home services are available from local customer-recommended contractors offering a/c tune ups and thermostat installations. The My ORU Store makes saving energy and money, both easy and affordable.
O&R has prepared to meet high summer demand for electricity with continued investments in projects that improve electric service reliability and the further development of energy efficiency programs that help customers use less energy, save money and reduce their carbon footprint.
For example, O&R has made investments totaling over $145 million this year to fortify and improve the reliability of its electric system. That investment builds on the nearly $1 billion O&R has invested over the past 10 years on electric system maintenance and reliability projects.
Orange and Rockland Utilities, Inc. (O&R), a wholly owned subsidiary of Consolidated Edison, Inc., one of the nation’s largest investor-owned energy companies, is a regulated utility. It provides electric service to approximately 300,000 customers in southeastern New York State (where its franchise name is Orange & Rockland) and northern New Jersey (where it’s Rockland Electric Company), and natural gas service to approximately 130,000 customers in New York.
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