With the first hot spell of the summer season expected for later this week, Connecticut Light and Power is announcing preparations to meet power demand this summer.

CL&P Vice President of Energy and Delivery Services Ken Bowes says they have invested $30 million in system upgrades for greater reliability and to help reduce the chances of service interruptions.

The company is also upgrading its underground systems that densely populated areas rely upon.

Aerial surveys of transmission lines and ground surveys of some 200 electrical substations were also conducted.

CL&P also says consumers can be more energy efficient by employing several tips.

They include drawing shades and blinds during hot weather.  Also, homeowners can air conditioner thermostats, which saves energy.

Homeowners are encouraged to install air conditioning units away from the sun, if possible.  Such units rely operate more efficiently if kept cool.


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