07/23/2012 - 09:30 - Extreme Temperatures Expected for Next Several Days
Tips to Keep Cool
Extreme temperatures and heat are expected to continue for the next several days.
Operations at Yellow Alert:
In order to respond as quickly as possible to abnormal operating conditions that may occur due to developing and forecasted extreme temperatures and high humidity, the Ameren Illinois Emergency Operations Center is activating in an advisory capacity, effective at 09:00 on July 23, 2012. As well, the Ameren Illinois organization is placed at YELLOW Weather Alert status at this time. The advisory activation and yellow weather alert status will remain in effect until conditions improve.
Cooling centers available at locations near you. Check out these tips to stay cool:
- During extremely hot weather, check on friends, neighbors and relatives who may be especially vulnerable to high temperatures, such as those who are older, have medical issues or do not have air conditioning.
- If you do not have an air conditioner, consider going to an air conditioned place during the hottest times of the day. Options may include the home of a friend or neighbor, a shopping mall or a public building. Some communities have temporary cooling centers.
- In addition to staying as cool as possible, it is important to drink plenty water or other liquids that do not contain caffeine, alcohol or large amounts of sugar. Never wait until you are thirsty to drink.
- If possible, turn the air conditioner's thermostat up a few degrees. For each degree you increase the temperature, you can reduce electricity use by about 3 percent.
- Use low operating cost ceiling fans or other types of circulating fans. Circulating air feels cooler. By using circulating fans, you may find you can set the air conditioner thermostat at 76 to 78 degrees.
- Regularly change or wash (depending on type) air conditioner filters. This is especially important if you have pets or live in an area that has a lot of dust.
- Keep shades, curtains and blinds closed during the day to reduce effects of solar heating.
- Replace incandescent bulbs with Energy Star qualified compact fluorescent lights (CFLs). Incandescent bulbs produce significant amounts of heat which will cause your air conditioner to work harder and use more electricity. On the other hand, Energy Star qualified CFLs emit little heat and produce light more efficiently. A CFL will save about $5 in electricity costs per year while giving the air conditioner a break. Residential customers may purchase CFLs at participating retailers.
Remember to be safe. Stay away from downed power lines. Report immediately to Ameren Illinois at 1.800.755.5000.