Albany, NY – Governor Cuomo urges New Yorkers to prepare for another prolonged period of high heat and humidity that begins today and continues through the middle of the week.
Heat index values reaching the mid-1990s are expected through Wednesday, while humidity levels are expected to remain high.
He released a statement on Sunday saying in part, “I strongly urge all New Yorkers to take action to prevent heat-related illness or injury, especially young children, the elderly and those suffering from respiratory problems that are vulnerable to high heat. Check the neighbors, limit outdoor activities and stay safe. “
Here are some tips to beat this extreme heat:
• Avoid strenuous activities and exercise, especially during peak sunshine hours from 11 am to 4 pm
• Exercise and activity should be done early in the morning between 4 a.m. and 7 a.m.
• Drink plenty of water and non-caffeinated drinks.
• Stay out of the sun and try to cool off in an air-conditioned building for a few hours during the hottest part of the day.
• If you must go out, wear sunscreen with a high sun protection factor.
• Do not leave children, pets or people requiring special care in a parked car or vehicle during periods of intense summer heat.
• Make an effort to watch your neighbors during a heat wave, especially if they are elderly, have young children, or have special needs.
Prolonged exposure to heat can be harmful and potentially fatal, so knowing the signs of heat-related illness is important.
Call 911 if you or someone you know has signs or symptoms of heat illness, including:
• Muscle cramps
The governor also urges all residents of the state to save electricity as much as possible.
He says taking smart steps to reduce power consumption, especially during times of peak demand, not only helps reduce the state’s peak load, but will also save consumers money. money when electricity is most expensive. To reduce energy consumption, especially during peak periods, the public is encouraged to take some of the following energy saving measures, at low or no cost:
• Close curtains, windows and doors on the sunny side of your home to reduce solar heat build-up.
• Turn off air conditioners, lights, and other appliances when you are away from home, and use a timer to turn on your air conditioner about half an hour before you get home. Use advanced power strips to centrally “turn off” all devices and save energy.
• If you are purchasing an air conditioner, look for an ENERGY STAR qualified model. ENERGY STAR air conditioners use up to 25% less energy than a standard model.
• Fans can make rooms 5-10 degrees cooler and use 80% less energy than air conditioners.
• Set your air conditioner to 78 degrees or higher to save on your cooling costs.
• Place your air conditioner in a central window, rather than a corner window, to allow better air circulation.
• Consider placing the unit on the north, east or more shaded side of your home. Your air conditioner will have to work harder and use more energy if it is exposed to direct sunlight.
• Seal the spaces around the air conditioner with caulk to prevent cool air from escaping.
• Clean the cooling and condenser fans as well as the coils to keep your air conditioner running efficiently and check the filter monthly and replace it as needed.
• Use appliances such as washing machines, dryers, dishwashers and ovens early in the morning or late at night. It will also help reduce humidity and heat in the house.
• Use ENERGY STAR qualified energy efficient bulbs instead of standard incandescent bulbs, and you can use 75% less energy.
• Cook food in the microwave when possible. Microwaves use around 50% less energy than conventional ovens.
• Dry clothes on a clothesline. If you use a dryer, remember to clean the dryer lint filter before each load.
• Be aware of the different ways you use water in your home. Instead of using 30 to 40 gallons of water for a bath, install a low-flow showerhead, which uses less than 3 gallons per minute.
• Lowering the temperature of your washing machine and rinsing with cold water will reduce energy consumption.
Additional tips on how to save energy are available on the NYSERDA website: