Thursday, July 21, 2011

Consumers Energy asks customers to reduce the juice

Consumers Energy is asking its 1.8 million electric customers to reduce their power use through tonight because of the heat wave broiling Michigan.
Temperatures in the 90s and high humidity have pushed up demand for electricity to near-record levels. Heavy demand - linked to cranked up air ers - should continue through tonight.
To help keep the system running, Consumers Energy is asking us to reduce our power use.
Here is what you can do
-- Raise the temperature setting on your thermostats by a couple degrees. Think 78 degrees instead of 68.
-- Don't use your clothes washer, clothes dryer, dishwasher, electric oven, and any other high-consumption electric appliances early in the morning or after 8 p.m.
-- Open the refrigerator or freezer as little as possible.
-- Turn off all unnecessary lights and non-essential appliances during the day.
-- Close off air ducts to rooms which are not used. Close window curtains and drapes to reduce solar heating.
-- If you have a well pump, don’t water lawns.
Additional tips on reducing electricity use are available at :


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