How to save money and energy during the summer

Hampden County

HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) – Summer is right around the corner which means it will soon be time to turn on your AC.

Even though there have been some planned power plant closures, there will still be enough power to keep everyone’s appliances running once it gets hot out. Energy is used up during the summer months more than any other time of the year.

That’s because people use a lot of power to keep things cool like turning on AC’s and operating pools uses up a lot of energy. 22News spoke with ISO New England, who is responsible for the day-to-day operations of New England’s power grid.

They told us how they avoid power outages and rolling blackouts when it gets warmer out.

Matt Kakley, a communications specialist at ISO New England told 22News, “We spend all year preparing for the summer. That’s when people use the most electricity mainly driven by air conditioning use so we prepare for that. The power lines the power plants do their maintenance in the spring to prepare for that peak season.”

ISO New England also said that renewable energy like wind turbines and solar fields generate a lot of power in New England.

Every year, states try to find new ways to generate more power in a more efficient way. ISO New England is exploring offshore wind as a source of renewable energy in Massachusetts.

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