Paying It Cool: Hot and Sweaty New Yorkers Really Cranked Up the A.C. This Weekend

One slightly less expensive way to cool off (Getty)

One slightly less expensive way to cool off (Getty) (Photo: Getty)

In case you weren’t able to grab a last minute invite somewhere cooler for the weekend of the Fourth, you may have noticed it was hot as hell.

But it wasn’t just temperatures and tempers soaring over the weekend — Sunday’s electricity use has broken all previous records.

Temperatures reached a peak of 92 degrees yesterday, and it would appear that the heat caused most New Yorkers to crank up the A.C., at least if energy use is anything to go by:

“Overall electric use peaked at 11,241 megawatts (MW) at 6 p.m. today, eclipsing the all-time Sunday record of 10,866 MW on August 14, 2005,” Con Edison said.

The company naturally attributed the peak to the city’s dependence on air conditioning and saw fit to offer a few “money-saving conservation tips.”  Closing your blinds and cooking outside, for example, could reduce energy use, the company said.

Sunday’s surge still falls short of the all time record, which was set on July 22, 2011 at 4pm, totalling 13,189 MW.

But let’s not give up now. If we don’t get some rain soon, we still have a chance with beating that record.