ComEd suggests setting your thermostat at 76 or 78 and wait for the air conditioning to cool the house. That saves money compared to turning the temperature way down in an effort to cool things off faster. Also circulate the cool air with fans and pull curtains during the day to keep sunlight out. 40% of unwanted heat comes through windows. Paul Callighan, spokesman for ComEd says, “We encourage people to turn off any unnecessary appliances, ovens, washing machines, and dishwashers. Try to do it in the early morning hours or late in the evening cause all of those appliances create heat." ComEd broke a new record for Saturday power usage. That last record set was back on August 21st, 2003 when we reached 98 degrees. So far there have been no major power outages and extra crews have been called in during the heat wave. To report an outage, call 1-800-EDISON-1.
The State of Illinois is making $8 million available. That money will help seniors, the disabled and families with small children keep up with their summer energy demands. You can apply for summer energy assistance starting July 31st. As the scorching hot temperatures continue the State of Illinois is also finding additional ways to keep Illinois residents cool. Find the nearest Department of Human Services facilities because starting Monday they will be open so you can cool down. Cooling centers are open during normal business hours from 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. That's on top of the Public Safety Building in Rockford and the Rockford Rescue Mission.