Air conditioning in homes and businesses, whole house and attic fans, and window fans can lessen the uncomfortableness caused by soaring temperatures and high humidity.
Unfortunately, electricity is required to operate each of these appliances. As a result, electric consumption soars during hot weather, especially during heat waves and extended periods of uncomfortably high temperatures. This is the time when most utilities, like the WMGLD, reach peak levels of electric usage.
The WMGLD reminds customers to conserve energy and to use air conditioners and fans wisely this summer.
Remember that pool filters use electricity, too.
Drink plenty of liquids, frequently.
Dress in cool, light, loose-fitting clothing.
Turn off the air conditioner and any fans before you leave the house, even if you’re going out for a few minutes. It only takes a few minutes to get the house to a comfortable temperature after turning the air conditioner on.
Shut the drapes or blinds during the hottest time of the day or when you’re leaving for work in the morning.
During the evening hours, turn off the air conditioner and open the windows if there is a cool breeze.
If you know of any elderly residents who do not have air conditioning in their homes, please check on them periodically during heat waves.
Suggest that they spend as much time as possible in cool surroundings; for example, shopping malls, the senior center, libraries and movie theaters. Heat stress can occur quite rapidly under extreme heat.
The elderly are more vulnerable to heat stress than younger people because they do not adjust as well to heat and they perspire less. They are also more likely to have health problems which require medicines which work against the body’s natural defenses to adjust to heat.
The following symptoms can signal heat stress:
dry skin (no sweating)
mental changes, confusion
It is important to seek medical attention if you, or anyone you know, experiences any of these symptoms, since they also can signal other major problems, such as heart failure.