National Grid asks customers to reduce electricity usage

Due to high demand caused by hot weather and forecasts for temperatures to reach well into the 90s again, National Grid is asking customers in its Upstate New York market area to reduce all unnecessary electricity usage during the daytime hours.

The request is being made to reduce demand on utility equipment and maintain system reliability. Electricity supply to the area is adequate, but heavy demand and high temperatures could potentially challenge regional networks.

National Grid say the record peak usage for upstate New York customers was set in July 2011 at 6,909 megawatts. Usage so far this week has approached that record, but has not surpassed it at this time.

National Grid offers some steps customers can take to reduce usage:

• Put off energy using activity –Turn off lights when they are not needed, and
avoid cooking, bathing or washing clothes during this period.

• Unplug electronics – Even though your television and other appliances are
turned off, electronics with little standby lights still draw electricity. Unplug any
unnecessary appliances.

• Adjust the thermostat, use fans – To reduce the energy use of your air
conditioning systems set the thermostat as high as health and comfort will permit.
Using fans in occupied rooms, instead of air conditioning, also reduces energy

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