Hottest day in Reno leads to record-breaking energy usage

Hottest day in Reno leads to record-breaking energy usage

Hundred degree temperatures has led to high energy demand use in northern Nevada.

Northern Nevada has achieved an energy peak demand of 1,875 megawatts as the temperature hit around 101 degrees on Thursday, July 12.

The previous record was 1,842 megawatts which occurred in 2016 when the temperature climbed to 102 degrees on July 28. One megawatt is enough to power roughly 600 homes.

When people see their bill increase in the summer it is because of the extra consumption of energy.

Here are some conservation tips that may help reduce energy use:

  • Set your thermostat to 78 degrees when you are home and higher when you are away.
  • Maintain your air conditioner by regularly changing air filters and cleaning condenser coils, making sure they are free from debris.
  • Replace incandescent light bulbs with more efficient LED bulbs, which can save approximately $7 per year on energy costs for each bulb installed.
  • Use your outdoor barbecue, rather than your kitchen oven, when possible to prevent excess heat build-up in your home.
  • Use pool trippers to reduce the time your swimming pool pump runs – eight to twelve hours a day is plenty.

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