Cold weather in the Reykjavík capital area led to record hot water usage yesterday, according to Veitur Utilities. Residents consumed an average 16,000 tonnes of hot water per hour throughout the day, more than ever before recorded. If freezing temperatures continue, as the weather forecast calls for, Veitur says it may be necessary to cut hot water supply to its biggest consumers, such as swimming pools.
Veitur is now operating according to a contingency plan, the first step of which is to inform residents of the need to minimise hot water usage. The utilities provider reminds locals that around 90% of hot water supply is used to heat homes. Reykjavík area residents are asked to avoid leaving windows and doors open longer than necessary and ensure that radiators are not blocked by long curtains or furniture.
Veitur hopes residents will do their part in order to prevent more drastic measures, such as cutting hot water supply. More advice for minimising hot water usage is available in Icelandic on Veitur’s website.