We all know the storms and heat Mother Nature can bring to Southeastern Pennsylvania over the summer, and PECO is working every day to ensure our equipment and people are ready.
With summer upon us, and with the current COVID-19 pandemic changing our daily lives, PECO is still hard at work, prepping systems, and testing processes and procedures to ensure safe and reliable service for customers all summer long. The recent completion of approximately 180 projects across the region will help ensure reliable electric service for our 1.6 million customers.
PECO completes hundreds of tasks to prepare for the summer season, including system work, testing and drills. More than 90 reclosers have been installed across the region as part of this year’s summer preparedness efforts to provide enhanced reliability. When a problem occurs, like a fallen tree limb, lightning strike or vehicle accident, the recloser stops the flow of electricity on the line and automatically restores electricity where possible. With this equipment, service may only be interrupted for a few seconds rather than for a longer period of time.
With many people working from home this summer, additional usage and higher temperatures can lead to higher energy bills, and PECO provides a variety of programs to help customers save energy and money. For example, PECO’s rebates, the company’s full suite of energy efficiency programs, helps residential, business, government and non-profit customers save energy and money. For more ways to save energy, visit peco.com/waystosave.
In addition, customers can save energy and lower their bills this summer by following a few simple tips:
- Turn it off: Turn off all unnecessary lighting and devices.
- Manage your thermostat: Keep thermostats at a constant, comfortable level when at home. Raise the thermostat setting for days of extreme heat to save even more. Install a programmable thermostat to automatically adjust your home’s temperature settings when you’re away or sleeping.
- Keep shades, blinds and curtains closed: About 40 percent of unwanted heat comes through windows. Simply closing blinds and curtains, which act as a layer of insulation, can reduce heat in your home.
- Use ceiling fans to circulate air: For those without air conditioning, use ceiling fans or portable fans with the windows partially open to circulate fresh air into your home. For those with air conditioning, fans can be used to evenly distribute cool air.
- Use appliances wisely: Run appliances that produce heat (like clothes dryers, ovens and dishwashers) at night when it is cooler.
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