NEWARK, N.J., Jan. 21, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Public Service Electric and Gas Company (PSE&G), New Jersey's largest electric and gas utility, is preparing for another round of freezing temperatures and accumulating snow that will affect its service territory beginning today.
Snow, by itself, does not pose a serious problem for utilities, but heavy snow, icing and strong winds can increase the possibility of downed wires and associated power outages. Vehicles striking utility poles can also cause wires to come down. To respond to any electric outages, PSE&G has additional equipment and personnel on hand.
The utility is monitoring its gas system and taking steps to ensure it can meet the demands of customers. These steps include maintaining and adjusting pressure at various points in our system. PSE&G also has extra gas personnel on hand to respond as quickly as possible and handle emergency heating requests.
CUSTOMERS WITH INSUFFICIENT OR NO HEAT
In many cases, customers are calling because of insufficient heat - their furnaces are working but are having difficulty handling the lower temperatures. Although the company is sensitive to customers' heating inquiries, insufficient heat is not always caused by defective heating equipment. The colder it is outside, the harder the heating system must work to satisfy the same thermostat setting.
At times like these, the room temperature may not reach the thermostat setting, especially if the thermostat is raised to a higher than normal setting.