Heat raising electric bills and hospital calls

Published On: Jun 26 2013 02:45:19 PM CDT   Updated On: Jun 26 2013 10:03:34 PM CDT

With temperatures soaring above the century mark, people are cranking up the air to stay safe and comfortable. But the Sedgwick County Electric Coop is asking customers to limit their energy use during peak heat times of the day. "It can make a huge difference even just raising that thermostat a couple of degrees just during those hours there and leveling off that peak," said Coop General Manager and CEO Dave Childers.

Since starting and electric alert system last year, coop customers' bills have gone down around 2%-3%. "Members saved about $388,000 in demand costs or purchase power," said Childers.

He says if you cannot bare to turn up the air conditioning unit, try limiting use of other electric appliances. "We would never want anyone to jeopardize their health or well-being," said Childers.

An important reminder after what happened in Harvey County.

Emergency services have been spread thin as a heat wave settles into Kansas.

Highs topped out into triple-digit temperatures across much of the state. During the summer months, heat can cause serious health issues especially for the very young and elderly. 

In Harvey County, Newton Medical Center had to divert ambulance admissions to Wichita due to a high volume of heat-related calls.
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"Kind of be alert if you hear those radio ads, safely do what you can to lower that peak demand during that three to eight pm window and help save themselves and the cooperative some money."