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Central Floridians may disagree on a lot of things, but with “lookalike” temps over 100 degrees, most agree it’s hot. Central Florida power companies are also feeling the heat. As in the demand for electricity. Last Wednesday, Florida Power and Light set an all-time demand record. Around the same time, Orlando Utilities Commission said St. Cloud, one of the areas served, did the same. Both companies say there have been problems. But no downtime. “We have enough production capacity to meet that demand,” said Dave Mayer of the OUC. Mayer said Florida power companies are uniquely qualified to cool homes and businesses. It’s practically a one-year challenge. “So we all have to stick together and find ways to reduce our consumption,” he said. So what can you do? Well, your air conditioner is the biggest energy consumer in your home. Experts say that when you’re away from home, set the air conditioning to 78 degrees. If that’s too hot for you, they suggest doing the one degree challenge where you increase it every other day until you get used to 78 degrees. When you’re home, crank up the ceiling fans. Block out the sun and heat by closing blinds and curtains. Finally, change your AC filter once a month. This dirt makes your AC more efficient. Your goal? Help your AC run smarter, not harder. Almost any power company will come to your house for free and show you how and what you can do to improve your home’s energy efficiency.

Central Floridians may disagree on a lot of things, but with “lookalike” temps over 100 degrees, most agree it’s hot.

Central Florida power companies are also feeling the heat. As in the power demand.

Last Wednesday, Florida Power and Light set an all-time demand record.

Around the same time, Orlando Utilities Commission said St. Cloud, one of the areas served, did the same. Both companies say there have been problems. But no downtime.

“We have a lot of production capacity to be able to meet that demand,” said Dave Mayer of the OUC.

Mayer said Florida power companies are uniquely qualified to cool homes and businesses. It’s practically a one-year challenge.

“So we all have to stick together and find ways to reduce our consumption,” he said.

So what can you do? Well, your air conditioner is the biggest energy consumer in your home. Experts say that when you’re away from home, set the air conditioning to 78 degrees.

If that’s too hot for you, they suggest doing the one degree challenge where you increase it every other day until you get used to 78 degrees.

When you’re home, crank up the ceiling fans. Block out the sun and heat by closing blinds and curtains.

Finally, change your AC filter once a month. This dirt makes your AC more efficient. Your goal? Help your CA work smarter, not harder.

Almost any power company will come to your house for free and show you how and what you can do to improve your home’s energy efficiency.