With high heat and humidity expected across the state over the next several days, air conditioners and fans will be working overtime at most homes and businesses. Although high electricity usage during a heat wave can put a strain on the electric system, Eversource is prepared to meet that increased demand and its crews are ready to respond to any outages or issues that may arise. Below are a few tips you can share with customers on how to keep energy costs down, and how to prepare for the high heat. If you have any questions, please work with your dedicated Community Relations Specialist.
Actions customers can take now to beat the heat this summer:
- Use the new Cooling Calculator on Eversource.com. The tool helps customers understand how much electricity their current cooling system uses and the impact of small changes to temperature settings.
- Sign up for a Home Energy Solutions home energy performance assessment and service. During the visit, a certified technician checks a customer’s home to identify places it can be tightened up to save money and energy. The technician will do on-the-spot improvements like sealing up drafty doors and windows and closing air gaps around pipes and more to help keep the heat out.
Additional tips for keeping temperatures and energy costs down in the summer:
- Participate in Home Energy SolutionsSM. Keep the cool air produced by your AC in the house by properly sealing and insulating. Our experts will provide on-the-spot air and duct sealing, as needed, and discuss possible insulation upgrades. You’ll save on cooling during the summer and be ready for heating this winter, too.
- Keep air conditioners set at a moderate temperature that’s also comfortable. For every degree higher on the thermostat, the air conditioner will use 1-3% less electricity. Using a programmable or Wi-Fi thermostat can also help manage energy usage, especially when away from home.
- Don’t block air flow. Keep air vents clear of obstructions such as furniture, curtains, and rugs. For those with central air and floor vents, consider using vent deflectors to direct and increase the reach of cooled air.Keep air conditioner filters and coils clean. Dirty filters block air flow, reducing efficiency and making it harder to deliver the cool air.
- Keep blinds closed when it’s hot out to prevent unwanted heat from entering a home through windows. Using curtains, shades, and blinds can lower indoor temperatures by up to 20 degrees.
- Switch to ENERGY STAR® certified LED lights. The energy-efficient bulbs run cooler and last up to 25 times longer than incandescent lights.
- Set ceiling fans to rotate counterclockwise and at a higher speed in the summer to circulate the breeze more effectively, creating a cooling, wind chill effect. Since ceiling fans cool only people and not the actual room; remember to turn the fan off when leaving the room.
- Cook dinner outside. Cooking indoors heats up the kitchen and makes cooling systems work harder, so opt for cooking outdoors instead.
- Look for the ENERGY STAR rating when purchasing new appliances. Also, be sure to choose the right size when purchasing an air conditioning unit. An oversized or undersized AC unit is less effective and uses more energy.
As a reminder you can access outage and blocked road information directly from Eversource’s Municipal Hub. If you have any questions or concerns, please work with your Community Relations Specialist.
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Important Information From Eversource for Hurricane Season.
Courtesy of WeatherWorks inc.
How Hot Will It Be This Summer!
2022 Summer Forecast
August 2022 Forecast
• Another warm month is expected with the West and parts of
the central Plains once again a focus for heat.
• The Northeast likely turns considerably warmer in August, as
a Bermuda high builds in over the region. A prolonged, significant heat wave is possible along with humid conditions.
• The Southeast will once again be near normal in August, as an
active weather pattern will keep significant heat from lasting.
• The dry weather pattern is expected to continue across much
of the West and central Plains.
• In the Southwest, it turns drier again after the brief monsoon
relief in July.
• A wet weather pattern is expected to continue across much of
the eastern United States as plenty of humidity will be around
to help fuel showers and thunderstorms. As we near the peak
of hurricane season, the risk of tropical moisture flowing into
the Southeast and up into the Mid-Atlantic will only increase
2022 Atlantic Hurricane Forecast
Although there likely won’t be quite as many storms as
there were last season, the 2022 hurricane season is
shaping up to be more active than normal. If this forecast
holds, it would be the seventh above average year in a
row. In 2022, we’re expecting a somewhat quick start to
the season, as a few storms are likely to occur in June and
July. Most of these early systems will be on the weaker
side, as we expect the majority of the activity and stronger storms to occur in August and September. Even late
in the season, a couple tropical systems are favored to
form in October and November, unlike last year where
only one storm developed after September.
Favored Storm Tracks
Last year the forecast tracks were variable, but this year
the tracks are favoring the East Coast more than usual.
A strong high pressure over Nova Scotia and the North
Atlantic will make it difficult for systems to curve out to
sea very easily, favoring a track towards the East Coast.
Storms will favor the Southeast US early in the year, but
the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast US will have a greater likelihood for direct impacts towards September and October.
Atlantic Ocean Storm Names for 2022
• Alex• Bonnie• Colin• Danielle• Earl• Fiona• Gaston• Hermine• Ian• Julia• Karl• Lisa• Martin• Nicole• Owen• Paula• Richard• Shary• Tobias• Virginie• Walter