Kissimmee sets all-time record for electricity usage

Kissimmee residents used more electricity Tuesday than at any other time in the utility’s 118-year history, thanks to scorching temperatures and triple-digit heat indexes that had air conditioners working overtime, Kissimmee Utility Authority officials said.

KUA recorded an instantaneous system peak of 380.8 megawatts (MW) at 5:13 p.m. Tuesday, eclipsing the previous record of 374.5 MW set on Aug. 8, 2018.

KUA offers the following energy saving tips that require little or no expense and can help to reduce summertime energy costs:

• Set the thermostat on the highest comfortable setting (KUA recommends 78-80 degrees). Raising the temperature just two degrees can reduce cooling costs by as much as 5 percent.

• Change or clean air conditioner filters monthly. Dirty filters can increase operating costs by 20 percent.

• Use ceiling and portable fans to keep air moving. Fans only use about as much energy as a light bulb.

• Close blinds, drapes and shades during the hottest part of the day. This keeps the sun's rays from heating a house.