Amid the High Heat, Extended Heat Wave Forecast; PSE&G Reminds Customers to Prepare and Offers Safety and Savings Tips

(NEWARK, N.J. – July 18, 2022) With an extended heat wave and scattered thunderstorms forecast over the next 10 to 15 days, PSE&G has sufficient electric capacity to meet projected electric peak demand and is sharing safety and savings tips for customers to cope with the heat and stay safe.
“We’ve been monitoring our system and are staffed and ready to respond to issues as they arise,” said Paul Toscarelli, PSE&G’s emergency preparedness director. “Annually, we invest more than $1 billion in electric infrastructure improvements, which helps keep the power and your air conditioners on. At PSE&G, we’re Powering Progress by continuing our infrastructure upgrades and meeting high reliability standards.”

During extreme heat conditions, customers should:
·     Seek out air-conditioned spaces, if possible, if homes become too warm.
·     Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water. Avoid drinks with caffeine or alcohol.
·     Avoid wearing dark colors because they absorb the sun’s rays.
·     Never leave children or pets alone in enclosed vehicles.
·     Avoid strenuous exercise during the hottest part of the day, which is between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Customers can save money when you:

·     Raise the setting to the highest comfortable temperature. You can save 3 to 5% on air conditioning costs for each
      degree you raise the temperature. We recommend 78 degrees.
·     If you have central air, close doors and vents to unused rooms to reduce the area your system must cool, so your
       system does not have to work as hard.
·     Use ceiling and other fans to provide additional cooling and better circulation.
·     Seal holes and cracks around doors and windows with caulk or weather-stripping to keep cool air in and
      warm air out.
·     Operate appliances in the morning or evening when it is cooler outside.