City of Norcross Community Development Department

09/18/2019 | News release | Distributed by Public on 09/18/2019 10:44

Summer Heat and Your A/C

We have seen customers' consumption go up this summer. There have been multiple news reports related to high numbers of 90+ degree heat. CBS46 reported on 9/9/19, 'Atlanta has hit 90 degrees 72 times so far this year. We typically see 37 total days of at least 90 degrees each year.' It's gone up to 80 days of 90+ degree heat as of today's date. That sustained hot weather has caused more strain on electrical systems trying to fight the heat, resulting in the higher consumption we have been seeing. We are trying to get the word about about the heat and also remind customers that they may sign up here to be able to monitor usage with the e-mail address that is associated with their Norcross account.

Additionally, we've gathered some tips customers can use to help lower some of their energy use:

• Heating and cooling costs make up approximately 46% of your average power bill. It is recommended to set thermostats to 78°F in the summer for peak efficiency. Each degree lower can increase a bill by as much as 4%.

• Cooking in a full size oven can heat can raise the temperature in a household. Reduce the temperature inside your home by cooking food in a microwave, toaster oven, or on a stove top instead of the oven when possible. Match pots and pans to the burner size to minimize heat loss. Use lids on pots to keep in heat.

• Energy waste can occur when a building is not insulated well in summer as well as winter. Maintain proper insulation to increase energy efficiency and keep bills down.

• Keep AC units working at maximum efficiency by changing air filters and keeping air vents and registers clear of obstructions such as furniture, curtains and rugs.

• Use ceiling fans when you can. Ceiling fans cost only about $1.50 a month and are more energy efficient than pedestal or floor fans.