PSE&G Offers Tips to Stay Cool and Safe This Summer

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With temperatures expected to be in the 90s for an

extended period of time and potential storms in the forecast, Public Service Electric and

Gas (PSE&G), New Jersey’s largest utility, is monitoring weather conditions and has

additional personnel on hand to handle any power interruptions. The utility’s call centers

also have extra personnel on duty to speak with customers, and additional appliance

service technicians are scheduled to assist with air conditioner repairs.

“We prepare for the summer heat and storms yearround,” said John Latka, senior vice

president of electric and gas operations for PSE&G. “Although we expect to have no

problem delivering the additional power our customers will need to stay cool, we are

keeping a close eye on the weather and will have the personnel on hand to respond to

any outages caused by high heat or storms.”

PJM, the regional grid operator, expects to have sufficient power supplies available to

meet the increased demand for electricity. The demand for electricity on Friday is

forecasted to be 8,839 megawatts. PSE&G’s all-time summer peak was 11,108

megawatts, set on August 2, 2006.

PSE&G 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.

To report power outages or downed wires, call PSE&G’s Customer Service line at 1

800-436-PSEG. Also, customers can report outages online by logging into My Account

at pseg.com. To report power outages via text message, and receive outage updates

by text and email, sign up for MyAlerts. The utility’s mobile-friendly website includes an

“Outage Map” that is updated every 15 minutes and displays the location and status of

power outages in PSE&G’s service area.

If experiencing difficulties with central air conditioning units or other appliances, PSE&G

customers can schedule a WorryFree** repair service appointment online by logging in

to My Account, or call 1-800-436-PSEG (7734).

Customers can save energy and money by following a few easy and inexpensive tips.

1. Seal holes and cracks around doors and windows with insulation or weatherstripping.

2. Don’t cool an empty house. Set your thermostat higher when you are away.

3. Don’t cool unused rooms. Close the vents and shut the door.

4. Ceiling fans cool fast and cost less than air conditioning.

5. Operate appliances in the morning or evening when it is cooler outside.

6. When washing dishes or clothes, run full loads.

7. Wash laundry in cold water.

8. Close blinds and draperies facing the sun to keep out the sun’s heat.

9. Replace air filters monthly. Dirty filters make your air conditioner work harder.

10. Use a microwave or crockpot instead of the oven. They won’t heat the house.

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