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june 16, 2017
with temperatures rising, aps prepares for increasing demand
facing the first major heat wave of the summer
PHOENIX – Even for long-time desert dwellers, the Arizona
summer heat can seem to sneak up suddenly. This weekend and into next week,
temperatures are predicted to rise to record highs. APS employees work
year-round across the state preparing to meet customers’ power needs during
these hot times.
“Summer is the season we prepare for all year long,” said Jacob
Tetlow, APS Vice President of Transmission and Distribution Operations. “We
have 2.7 million people depending on us to ensure their AC is running during
this extreme heat wave. As a result, we are well prepared to meet the increased
need for electricity and have sufficient generation to meet our customers’
With APS forecasting a summer peak load of 7,023 megawatts
(the period when APS customers collectively use the most energy), Tetlow said
APS is prepared to meet the challenges of another hot Arizona summer. Annual
preventive maintenance performed over the last year by helicopter, foot, car
and all-terrain vehicle has helped to ensure that APS’s 35,000 miles of
transmission and distribution lines are ready. The company also has built
additional high-voltage power lines to increase reliability and prevent disruptions
“Our crews know our customers rely on energy to power their
lives. We do our job to ensure there is reliable power flowing to their homes
and businesses, regardless of what Mother Nature brings,” said Tetlow.
Over the last year, APS has introduced new ways for
customers to manage their energy bills, while still enjoying a safe and cool
season. From proactive
alerts about outages, usage and billing to energy
savings and safety
tips, APS has you covered. (Related: What are your home’s biggest
To help ensure customers stay cool and save
money on electricity bills, APS offers these simple low-cost energy-saving tips
for the summer:
Make sure your AC is
in top condition. APS recommends
performing an advanced AC tune-up once every six years. In the Phoenix area,
the ideal time to get an AC tune-up is in April and May when temperatures are
above 75 degrees, but it’s never too late. If a customer uses a participating
contractor, APS offers a $95 incentive per system. For a list of participating
contractors, visit aps.com/tuneup.
Turn your AC thermostat up a degree. To ensure savings on cooling costs, remember “It’s as
easy as 1-2-3.” For every one degree AC thermostats are turned up, customers
can save 2 to 3 percent monthly on their cooling costs. Customers also can
learn their energy savings potential by taking advantage of the Energy Analyzer
survey on aps.com and receive customized
tips. For more ways to save, visit aps.com/options.
Use sunscreens or
other shading devices on windows, especially those in direct sunlight. Forty to 50 percent of the heat coming
into a house enters through windows. Blocking the sunlight will increase
comfort and reduce cooling costs. Keeping shades or drapes closed during the
day helps keep unwanted heat from entering your home.
Use fans. While fans don’t actually cool the air, they
can help reduce energy costs by creating a wind chill effect, which makes you feel
cooler and more comfortable. Ceiling fans can allow thermostats to be set 3
to 4 degrees higher with minimal change in comfort.
Repair any broken
windows or gaps that allow cool air to escape. Also, keep doors and windows closed, and caulk
around them to close the gaps.
Whatever it is, turn
it off when it’s not in use. Lights, computers, TVs and stereos all use less energy when turned off.
It does not take more energy to turn them on and off frequently. If you
will be away from home for a long time, unplug them.
Do laundry, cooking
and dishwashing during cooler times of the day. These tasks (especially using the oven) produce
heat, which requires air conditioners to work harder to cool the home.
Plant trees and other
vegetation adjacent to windows, particularly on the west side of a home. This helps reduce heat by blocking the sun’s
rays from entering your home.
Change a light bulb. Save energy by changing out inefficient bulbs
with more energy-efficient LEDs. LED bulbs use up to 90 percent less energy and
can save an average of $80 each in lighting costs over a bulb’s lifetime. LEDs
also produce less heat than traditional incandescent or CFL bulbs.
APS serves about 2.7 million people in 11 of
Arizona’s 15 counties, and is the Southwest’s foremost producer of clean, safe
and reliable electricity. Using a balanced energy mix that is nearly 50 percent
carbon-free, APS has one of the country’s cleanest energy portfolios, including
both Palo Verde Generating Station and renewable energy. The company is also a
proven leader in introducing technology and services that offer customers
choice and control over their energy consumption. With headquarters in
Phoenix, APS is the principal subsidiary of Pinnacle West Capital Corp. (NYSE: PNW).
“We do our job to ensure there is reliable power flowing to customers' homes and
businesses, regardless of what Mother Nature brings."
- Jacob Tetlow, APS Vice President of Transmission and Distribution Operations