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PSEG Long Island Reminds Customers To Prepare For Extreme Heat

Long Island is expecting extreme heat waves for the next several days. PSEG Long Islands wants to remind its customers that PSEG has sufficient electric capacity to meet projected peak demand and is here for customers and the community.

“PSEG Long Island prepares for extreme weather all year round. To provide customers with safe, reliable electric service, we have been upgrading equipment, carefully planning to provide sufficient electric capacity to meet peak demand, and positioning our personnel to respond effectively if needed,” said Michael Sullivan, PSEG Long Island’s vice president of Electric Operations. “We would also like to remind customers of the importance of personal safety in times of high heat.”

To handle the extreme heat, PSEG offers the following tips for customers: 

  • Seek out air-conditioned spaces, if possible, if their homes become too warm.
  • Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water. Avoid drinks with caffeine or alcohol.
  • Avoid wearing dark colors because they absorb the sun’s rays.
  • Never leave children or pets alone in enclosed vehicles.
  • Avoid strenuous exercise during the hottest part of the day, which is between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

High temperatures and high electric demand can sometimes cause scattered, heat-related outages. PSEG Long Island will have additional personnel available to address outages safely and as quickly as possible. To report an outage and receive status updates via text, text OUT to PSEGLI (773454) or go online at psegliny.com/outages

High temperatures can also lead to higher energy use, resulting in higher electric bills.

To help save energy and money this summer, PSEG Long Island recommends the following tips for customers:

  • Do not cool an empty house. Set your thermostat higher when you are away or use a smart thermostat to control the temperature in your home. Customers can receive an incentive on qualifying thermostats for enrolling in PSEG Long Island’s Smart Savers Thermostat program, which can be used to control usage during peak summer days. Visit psegliny.com/efficiency for more details.
  • Seal holes and cracks around doors and windows with caulk or weather-stripping.
  • Replace air filters monthly. Dirty filters make your air conditioner work harder.
  • Operate appliances in the morning or evening when it is cooler outside.
  • Set refrigerators and freezers to the most efficient temperatures.
  • Replace old appliances with new, energy-efficient ENERGY STAR® appliances
  • Close blinds and draperies facing the sun to keep out the sun’s heat.
  • Ceiling fans cool fast and cost less than air conditioning. (In hot weather, set your ceiling fan to spin quickly, counterclockwise to push air downward toward the floor.)

For information on PSEG Long Island energy-saving programs and tips, visit psegliny.com/savemoney.

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