Friday, July 19, 2013

Request to Conserve Energy

With the unusually high usage of electricity due to the extreme heat and humidity conditions in the Northeast, the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) has issued the following press release:


FRAMINGHAM, MA – “With the continued extremely hot temperatures, as we enter the weekend, it is very important that everyone make an effort to conserve electricity,” state Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency Director Kurt Schwartz. “There are a number of easy, common sense steps everyone can take.”

·         Turn off any unnecessary lights or appliances.

·         Put off running major appliances, such as dish washers, washing machines and clothes dryers until the evening hours.

·         Set thermostats between 74 and 78 degrees.

·         Shut off air conditioners when you leave your house.

·         If possible, use ceiling fans to circulate air.

·         Cook on your outside grill instead of your electric stove.
The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) is the state agency responsible for coordinating federal, state, local, voluntary and private resources during emergencies and disasters in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.  MEMA provides leadership to: develop plans for effective response to all hazards, disasters or threats; train emergency personnel to protect the public; provide information to the citizenry; and assist individuals, families, businesses and communities to mitigate against, prepare for, and respond to and recover from emergencies, both natural and man made. For additional information about MEMA and Preparedness, go to Also, continue to follow MEMA updates on Twitter at; Facebook at Download the free ping4alert! app to your Smartphone to receive important weather alerts and emergency messages from MEMA.  Easy instructions are available at