High temperatures also mean high energy usage – grid technology helps protect the system. Customers can help too.

August 10, 2023, North Fort Myers, FL – Higher than usual temperatures create a high demand on the electric grid. Although LCEC facilities are designed to withstand typical demands, customers are asked to conserve electricity to ensure reliability of the electric system.

LCEC set an all-time summer energy usage peak on August 8 of 1020.37 MW. The previous peak was set the day before with 989.89 MW. Previous to this summer’s record usage, the peak was on August 21, 2022 with 969.92 MW.

When loads are high, protective devices may automatically operate on the grid causing customers to experience a momentary blink, or series of blinks, in their electricity. This technology is part of proactive system protection to avoid longer outages. While LCEC understands power blinks can be annoying and frustrating, they are part of a protection plan to prevent more severe power interruptions or damage to the electric grid. This weather is not easy on customers and air conditioners are working overtime resulting in more energy usage and higher electric bills. Customers are urged to conserve energy and utilize the LCEC SmartHub tool to help manage usage.

Here are a few simple ways customers can help:

  • Set the dishwasher to operate in the middle of the night while everyone is sleeping.
  • Reduce use of the pool pump or set the timer to complete its cycle by 5 p.m.
  • Wash clothes after 7 p.m.
  • Set a timer on the water heater so it only heats water when it is needed.
  • Set AC thermostat no lower than 78 degrees.
  • Keep window coverings closed during the day to keep the home/business cooler.
  • Grill or use the microwave instead of the oven.
  • Use natural lighting as much as possible.
  • Don’t keep electric devices on if not in the room (fans, TV, radio).