Excessive heat watch continues as temperatures remain high

The National Weather Service’s excessive heat watch continues as temperatures could reach record-setting levels today. The watch is set to expire Thursday at midnight, though temperatures on Friday are expected to be in the low to mid-90s with heat indices near or at 100 degrees. Heat indices today and tomorrow are again expected to reach 110° or higher in some portions of OPPD’s service territory.

Our customers can take steps to conserve energy, keep their utility bills low and support power reliability. Some steps we can take include:

  • If using an air conditioner, adjusting thermostats up a few degrees.
  • Use dampers on ductwork to balance airflow in your home if one room is colder or warmer than another.
    • Closing registers should be a last resort if dampers are not available.
  • Seal external doors and windows with weather stripping – and close shades during the day.
  • Avoid washing and drying clothing or running dishwashers in the hottest parts of the day.
  • Avoid “phantom” power loss:
    • Switch desktop computers and monitors to sleep mode when not in use, or just shut them off entirely.
    • Unplug electronics like televisions or cable boxes, if possible, when not in use.
    • Use a central power strip that allows you to easily turn off multiple devices at once.

We know that electricity is critical on days like these. That’s why OPPD holds over an additional team called a heat crew, when the heat index rises to 95° or above. This team acts as support beyond normal working hours, into the evening as needed. They support the crew that’s already assigned to this shift. We also ensure we have support staff working in our storeroom, to provide equipment that may be needed to should repairs become necessary.

The heat causes extra wear and tear on OPPD’s infrastructure. That’s why we take added steps to help ensure reliable service when customers need it most.  We conduct regular maintenance to help prevent equipment failure. And during hot weather like this week’s, our crews postpone jobs that involve shifting electric loads to avoid overworking the system more than necessary.

You can read more about the impacts of heat on our electric system, and how we address them, here on OPPD’s The Wire.  For seasonal energy efficiency tips, please visit OPPD.com/ee.

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About Jodi Baker

Jodi Baker writes stories and shoots videos for The Wire. Jodi was a television news reporter before she came to work for OPPD as a media specialist in 2013. She's married with two teenagers (a boy and a girl), who keep her and her husband, Dave, hopping. Busy and blessed.