A heat wave is expected this week. How to save on your energy bill when the mercury rises.

Temperatures across New Jersey are expected to reach 90 degrees or above throughout the week.

Jim Murdoch

Jun 17, 2024, 9:49 PM

Updated 27 days ago

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New Jersey is heating up - and so might your next electric bill.
News 12 spoke with an expert from JCP&L about ways to help to prepare for the extra energy demand and even save a few bucks.
By now we all know that the Garden State is in for a summer scorcher. Planning ahead can help lessen the shock of the utility bill. Experts say it starts when you leave for work.
“During the summer your air conditioning is the biggest draw on your electric bill," said Chris Hoenig, of JCP&L First Energy.
"The only thing I do is kind of unplug everything before I leave. I keep my AC low. I only use it when I am there," said Kate Lasher, of Saratoga, New York.
Lasher has the right idea. But Hoenig says you can take that to the next level. Before you head out, Hoenig says to set your thermostat as high as comfort will allow. He recommends 75 or 76 degrees.
“Turning off all lights and pulling the blinds shut will reduce radiant sunlight energy,” says Hoenig. "Having those extra couple of degrees during the day when you are not home, you will save a ton on your electric bill and reduce the demand."
Next, try to avoid high-energy appliances during the day. Some customers are on a time-of-use rate. Doing laundry before bed will cut back on your bill.
Hoenig also says to forget about using the oven and stove on those hot evenings, when energy demand is at a premium. As an alternative, fire up the grill, if you can handle the outside heat.
And even without the threat of thunderstorms, power can still go out.
"Make sure your fridge and freezer – it’s a good time for it to be packed full of cold items inside to keep the refrigerator or freezer colder longer. If the power does go out, try not to open your refrigerator or freezer. The less you open it, the longer that everything will stay cold," he said.
JCP&L predicts demand will be about 10% shy of an all-time high by the end of this week.
For more cost-saving suggestions from First Energy, click here.


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