Just as Atlantic City Electric prepares for summer weather and severe storms, the company encourages its customers to be ready as well. Here are some tips:
- Assemble an emergency storm kit. Include battery-powered radio, flashlight, a first-aid kit, battery-powered or windup clock, extra batteries, medications, multi-purpose tool, and list of important/emergency phone numbers.
- Have a supply of bottled water and easy-to-prepare, non-perishable foods available to last at least 72 hours.
- Keep a flashlight with fresh batteries on each floor of your home.
- Identify an alternate location for you and/or your family in case of an extended outage.
- It’s extremely important to review the manufacturer’s instructions for safe operations of your generator. Do not connect a generator directly to your home’s wiring, and never use a generator indoors or any enclosed area.
- Download Atlantic City Electric’s mobile app at atlanticcityelectric.com/MobileApp.
- For a checklist of other items to include in your emergency kit, visit atlanticcityelectric.com/StormPrep.
Being prepared is a responsibility everyone should take seriously. If a severe storm hits, monitor local weather reports regularly and follow the advice of local emergency management officials. Residents should stay away from downed wires and immediately report a downed wire or service issue by calling 800-833-7476, visiting atlanticcityelectric.com, or through the company’s mobile app. Customers can also report an outage by texting “OUT” to 20661. Customers must first text “ADD OUTAGE” to 20661 to sign up for this service.
As temperatures rise, energy usage typically starts to climb as well. Atlantic City Electric provides important tips and information to empower customers to better manage their energy use and bills.
- Manage your bill on My Account . Online energy management tools show you how much energy you are using. You can also get tips based on your energy saving goals.
- Install energy efficient light bulbs. Energy-efficient LED bulbs use up to 75 percent less energy than standard bulbs and create little heat that can in turn cause cooling devices to work harder.
- Check your thermostat. Set your thermostat a few degrees higher in the summer, if health permits.
- Adjust your blinds. Lower the blinds during the day in the summer to keep the heating effects of the hot sun out.
- More tips and information available at atlanticcityelectric.com/SaveEnergy.