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Eversource Ready for Potential Heat Wave

Jul 26, 2023

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Energy company offers ways to keep cool and save energy

MANCHESTER, N.H. (July 26, 2023) – With temperatures expected to be in the 90s along with high humidity for the next several days across New England, many residential and business customers will have their air conditioners and fans working overtime. During the summer months, Eversource customers in New Hampshire use about 25% more electricity to keep cool, and that increased demand can put a strain on the electric system. The energy company works year-round to make the grid more resilient to extreme weather and its crews are always ready to respond to any issues that could arise during the extreme heat. Remote system operators are also constantly monitoring the system and are ready to reroute power and shift other resources as necessary. As Eversource remains focused on protecting the system from heat-caused stress, the company is also reminding customers of steps they can take to keep cool and save energy during the hot weather.

“We all use more energy during the summer months as we try to keep cool, running our air conditioners, fans, and other appliances,” said Eversource New Hampshire President of Electric Operations Doug Foley. “We prepare for that increased usage months in advance by conducting ground and aerial inspections of the overhead and underground electrical system so we can detect and address any issues well beforehand and ensure that customers have reliable service year-round, especially during these hot and humid days.”

Things customers can do to manage energy usage this summer:

  • Keep air conditioners set as warm as comfort allows. For every degree higher on the thermostat, the air conditioner will use 1–3% less electricity.
  • Don’t block air flow. Keep air vents clear of obstructions such as furniture, curtains, and rugs.
  • Operate major appliances during the cooler parts of the day. Energy is conserved by using appliances like clothes washers and dryers early in the morning or late in the evening when there is also less demand on the electric system.
  • Keep blinds closed to prevent unwanted direct sunlight from entering a home through windows. Using curtains, shades, and blinds can lower indoor temperatures by up to 20 degrees.
  • Switch to ENERGY STAR® certified LED lights. The energy-efficient bulbs run cooler and last up to 25 times longer than incandescent lights.
  • Set ceiling fans to rotate counterclockwise and at a higher speed in the summer to circulate the air more effectively, creating a cooling, wind chill effect. Remember to turn the fan off when leaving the room.
  • Weatherize at home. A weatherized home is more comfortable and uses less energy for heating and cooling. Start by checking qualification for a home energy audit. Based on the findings of the audit, customers may qualify for up to $60,000 to make recommended insulation upgrade and air sealing. Appointments are available for the remaining summer months.

To learn about the many energy saving programs available, visit

Help is available for customers who need it

Eversource encourages customers to enroll in one of its payment plans or assistance programs if they need help with their energy bill.

  • The New Start Program can help income-eligible customers reduce or eliminate their outstanding balance in as little as 12 months when they make on-time monthly payments and Eversource will make up the difference by eliminating or forgiving a portion of the total balance enrolled in the program – reducing the amount owed each month.
  • Customers that meet certain household income guidelines may qualify for a Discount Rate on their monthly bill through the Electric Assistance Program.
  • Flexible Payment Plans are available to all customers, regardless of income, to pay their past-due balance over a period of time.
  • Budget Billing Plans are also available and can help customers avoid seasonal spikes on their energy bill by paying a fixed amount each month based on their average annual usage.

Regardless of financial need, customers are eligible for various payment programs and are urged to call Eversource at 800-662-7764 or visit for more information about the variety of programs the energy company offers to connect customers with assistance, help use less energy and manage energy costs.

Eversource (NYSE: ES), celebrated as a national leader for its corporate citizenship, is the #1 energy company in Newsweek’s list of America’s Most Responsible Companies for 2023 and recognized as one of America’s Most JUST Companies. Celebrated as a national leader for its corporate citizenship, Eversource is New Hampshire’s largest electric utility, serving nearly 532,000 homes and businesses in 211 cities and towns, and also supplies water to approximately 10,200 homes and businesses in seven communities. Eversource is proud to be recognized as the #1 contributor to United Way in New Hampshire. Eversource harnesses the commitment of approximately 9,500 employees across three states to build a single, united company around the mission of safely delivering reliable energy and water with superior customer service. The #1 energy efficiency provider in the nation, the company is empowering a clean energy future in the Northeast, with nationally recognized energy efficiency solutions and successful programs to integrate new clean energy resources like solar, offshore wind, electric vehicles and battery storage, into the electric system. For more information, please visit, and follow us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn. For more information on our water services, visit

William Hinkle