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Consumers Encouraged To Conserve Energy On Hot Days

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Water - whether you are drinking it or getting in it - is one way to deal with the heat.

The other is air conditioning. The problem with that is as people come home for work, there is a spike in power usage - all about the same time.

"We obviously have a peak period during the day when it gets this hot. It's usually between 3 and 7 p.m.," Duquesne Light spokesman Joe Vallarian said.

"It's when people are coming home, they're starting to cook dinner, they're turning the air conditioner, thermostats down to try to cool the house off.

"One of the biggest things that we tell people that they don't realize is wait and use large appliances until after say, 8 p.m.," he added.

Not only will that help you save on your power bill, it will help on those power surges.

And keep in mind this is just early June. We haven't even seen those days yet where we could hit 90 degrees for up to a week.

"We've seen a few problems here and there from transformers popping from overload situations, which is something we see every year when these temperatures get to that point," Vallarian said. "Usually more during when we have four and five and six days of the 90-degree temperatures."

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