OG&E representatives said its customers shattered previous records for consumption of electricity. The company said that it saw 6,834 megawatts of electricity flow across its system Wednesday, July 27. The previous all-time record was set July 18 of this year when 6,642 megawatts was recorded.
“This is an unprecedented heat wave unlike anything we’ve seen since 1980,” said OG&E spokesman Brian Alford. “Demand is skyrocketing as customers are using more electricity than ever.”
Alford added that the OG&E system is meeting demand, but the extended heat wave is taking a toll on the company’s people and equipment. “Our plants are running at full capacity virtually around the clock,” Alford said. “It’s stressful not only on the equipment, but also on the men and women whose job it is to ensure that we’re delivering the power.”
As the extended heat continues, Alford said that customer bills will reflect the higher usage. “With the high temps, come high bills,” he said. “Every day temperatures are above 100 degrees will add at least $5 per day to a customer’s bill. Now, is the time to take advantage of billing options like average billing or Guaranteed Flat Bill, both of which will help customers better manage energy costs through the summer.”
He added that customers also can take additional steps to conserve energy use.
• Move thermostats up a few degrees; doing so will help save 3 percent to 4 percent on monthly bills for every degree it’s raised.
• Use ceiling fans or box fans to move air. Fans can help make a room feel several degrees cooler.
• Keep blinds and drapes closed.
• Avoid cooking or drying clothes during the heat of the day.
• Customers that have a new smart meter can sign up for myogepower at myogepower.com. Those who do will have access to usage information unique to their home.
Additional tips can be found at oge.com.