Heat Advisory Issued for Noon to 8 p.m. Wednesday
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Pepco is urging customers to take extra precautions when outdoors and to conserve energy wherever possible as high temperatures are forecasted for the Washington Metro Area. The National Weather Service has issued a Heat Advisory for the Washington Metro Area for noon to 8 p.m. Wednesday. Heat index values are expected to be between 100 and 105 degrees with temperatures around 100 degrees.
While power supply in the region is expected to be sufficient to meet anticipated high demand, extreme heat also can stress electric system equipment. In preparation for the hot weather, Pepco is staffing to quickly address any equipment issues that may arise from heat or potential storms resulting from the heat.
Pepco also offers the following energy-saving tips:
· Set air-conditioning thermostats at 78 degrees and use an electric fan, which doesn’t require as much energy, and the air will seem cooler without sacrificing comfort.
· Keep window shades, blinds, or drapes closed to block the sunlight during the hottest part of the day and to retain cooler air inside your home or business.
· Limit the use of electrically heated water and turn off non-essential appliances and as many lights as possible.
· Limit opening refrigerator or freezer doors.
· Postpone using high-energy appliances like electric stoves, washing machines, dishwashers and dryers until the evening.