July 26, 2023
The summer heat wave has local residents and businesses running air conditioners at full capacity to stay cool and comfortable.
“Temperatures have been hovering at or near the triple digits throughout the South for weeks, and demand for electricity is soaring,” said Edward Kemp, general manager of Starkville Utilities. “We’re focused on reliability and making sure our electrical system is prepared to meet our customers’ needs, no matter how long the trend continues.”
Wider use of air conditioning and electrical devices such as computers have boosted summer demand for the past few years. This month, however, the string of high-heat days and the lack of relief overnight have greatly increased demand.
“It is still above 80 degrees well into the night,” said Kemp. “When the weather is that hot for so many days, people are running their air conditioners around the clock, and that means the generation sources we depend on must run around the clock as well.”
Kemp added that while he is confident that Starkville Utilities has taken appropriate steps to meet the excessive uses of energy this sumer, customers are urged to conserve electricity whenever possible.
Some tips to better manage electrical usage include:
Air Conditioning Tips
Other Conservation Tips
During this period of intense heat, it is also important to check on anyone or anything that is sensitive to high temperatures. Starkville Utilities reminds any customers who may have special needs to call 662-323-3133.
Starkville Utilities is a public utility serving 14,000 residences, businesses and industries in Starkville, Mississippi as well as Mississippi State University. Its mission is to supply safe, reliable, and cost-effective electric and water service of superior quality and value that improves the lives of its customers.