As summer heat soars, so does electric usage

The sweltering summer heat is putting pressure on electric usage in Orlando and Kissimmee.

The sweltering summer heat is putting pressure on electric usage in Orlando and Kissimmee.


ORLANDO – The temperatures are not the only thing that have been rising in the past week, as those numbers hit the mid-to-upper 90s, and even clocked in at 100 degrees on Friday.
The soaring heat index also means more people cranking up their air conditioners — and electric usage is soaring as well. Utility providers in both Orlando and Kissimmee reported record usage by Friday afternoon.
The Orlando Utilities Commission recorded sky-high demand, noted spokesman Tim Trudell.
“With another day of very hot temperatures, OUC electric demand is forecasted to reach near record levels,” Trudell noted by email on Friday.
It was the first time in 10 months that electric usage has been this high, he said. Continue reading

Are straight men stingier than gays when it comes to dating?

When it comes to spending a lot on a date, gay men in Orlando have their heterosexual counterparts beat, a new study indicates.

When it comes to spending a lot on a date, gay men in Orlando have their heterosexual counterparts beat, a new study indicates.


ORLANDO — An online dating site has some advice for gay men looking to get into the dating world: if you want to find a special guy who will truly make your first date a night to remember, consider looking for guys in Minneapolis or Orlando.
According to a new study by WhatsYourPrice.com, those are the top two cities in the nation where gay bachelors spend the most money on that critical first date.
In fact, the dating site noted that it’s the gay men, not their heterosexual counterparts, who open the wallet more often for first dates.
“It seems many gay men are also willing to pay the price for love,” noted Ethan Reynolds, the public relations coordinator for WhatsYourPrice.com, in a release about their research. “A new study reveals many gay bachelors throughout the United States are paying considerably more than straight men for first dates.” Continue reading

As summer approaches, a lifesaving issue arises

As more and more Central Floridians prepare to jump in their pools to beat the summer heat, one county government is issued a red alert about the risks of drowning.

As more and more Central Floridians prepare to jump in their pools to beat the summer heat, one county government is issued a red alert about the risks of drowning.


ROCKLEDGE — Summer.
According to the calendar, it doesn’t officially start until June 21, although in the minds of many Americans, it really kicks off over the upcoming Memorial Day Weekend.
For Central Florida residents, it may seem like the heat of summer is already here, and for many of them, a weekend spent in the pool and at the beach sounds like the ideal way to beat the heat.
It’s important to keep in mind, one county health agency is noting, that as cool and refreshing as the pool waters or the ocean waves may seem, not enough swimmers and families with small children take into account another serious risk: the possibility of drowning.
That’s a key reason why the Florida Department of Health in Brevard County, located at 1748 Cedar St. in Rockledge, just issued an announcement that they will devote the month of May to highlighting the often major challenge of the dangers that pools, lakes and oceans pose to swimmers every year. Continue reading

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