Uniondale, NY - July 22, 2016 - With temperatures expected to be in the 90s for an extended period of time and potential storms in the forecast, PSEG Long Island is monitoring the weather forecast and has additional personnel on hand to handle any power interruptions and calls from customers. Additionally, PSEG Long Island has confirmed that it has enough capacity available to meet the projected service-area peak demand during this period of extreme heat.
“Extreme heat and summer storms have the potential to cause scattered outages across Long Island and the Rockaways,” said John O’Connell, vice president of Transmission and Distribution, PSEG Long Island. “We understand losing power is frustrating and are closely watching the weather. We will have additional personnel on hand to respond to any outages caused by extreme heat or storms. Regardless of the conditions, PSEG Long Island is prepared to provide reliable service every day.”
Customers who experience an outage should call 1-800-490-0075 to report downed wires/power outages or utilize MyAlerts, PSEG Long Island’s text message service. Once registered, report power outages by texting “OUT” to PSEGLI (773454), to register have your account number available and text REG to PSEGLI (773454). General outage activity throughout the service territory is also available online and on the mobile website at www.psegliny.com.
PSEG Long Island reminds customers to always stay away from downed wires. If a downed wire falls on your vehicle, stay in your car, call 911 and wait for first responders to arrive. Also, remember to never use a generator inside your home, or in or near any enclosed space.
Hotter temperatures can lead to more usage and higher electric bills. PSEG Long Island encourages customers to minimize the impact of hot weather and better manage their usage with the following tips:
- Seal holes and cracks around doors and windows. Prevent air leaks around window air conditioners with foam insulation or weather-stripping.
- Close blinds and drapes on windows facing the sun to keep out the sun’s heat.
- Don’t cool an empty house. Set your thermostat higher when you’re away.
- Install a programmable thermostat and use fans to circulate cool air.
- Replace air filters monthly. Dirty filters make your air conditioner work harder.
- Use a microwave or crockpot instead of the oven. They won’t heat the house.
- Set refrigerators and freezers to the most efficient temperatures.
- Replace old appliances with new energy efficient ENERGY STAR® appliances.
PSEG Long Island’s energy efficiency programs provide residential and commercial customers with the tools needed to incorporate energy efficient practices and technologies to help lower energy usage. For information on PSEG Long Island energy saving programs and tips visit here.