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REC asks customers to conserve energy during extreme heat

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Posted at 4:20 PM, Jul 17, 2012
and last updated 2012-07-17 16:20:37-04

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. (WTVR) – As hot temperatures increase the demand for electricity, the Rappahannock Electric Cooperative (REC) is asking customers to conserve energy.

The cooperative asked customers to turn off all non-essential appliances until further notice Tuesday.

REC is controlling air-conditioner and water heater load control switches longer than normal Tuesday afternoon and early evening because of the extreme heat.

Here are some ways REC says you can reduce electricity consumption:

  • Unnecessary lights.
  • Electronics.
  • Electric range and/or oven.
  • Washing machine and/or dryer.
  • Dishwasher.
  • Personal computers.
  • Consider raising the thermostat setting on your air conditioner, unless use is medically necessary.
  • Electrical machinery.