Arizona Public Service (APS) is preparing for record-breaking temperatures across Arizona this week.
“Summer is the season we prepare for all year long,” Jacob Tetlow, APS vice president of transmission and distribution operations, said in a press release. “We have 2.7 million people depending on us to ensure their AC is running during this extreme heat wave. As a result, we are well prepared to meet the increased need for electricity and have sufficient generation to meet our customers' needs.”
Tetlow said the company’s recent seasonal preparation is achieved by all manner of vehicles, including helicopters and ATVsm to ascertain reliability along the company’s 35,000 miles of power lines for the coming months.
APS recommends various energy-saving tips for consumers. The utility recommends that residents turn their thermostats up by just one degree for substantial monthly energy savings; make sure that AC systems are in good condition; use fans, including ceiling fans, to keep air circulating; anddo heat-generating tasks during the times of day when outdoor temperatures are slightly lower.
Additionally, APS recommends turning off all lights and electronic devices when not in use, fixing any gaps or broken windows with caulk and switching out light bulbs from incandescent to LEDs. Finally, APS suggests planting trees or shrubs next to windows to shield homes from the sun’s heat.