As temperatures climb, Danville Utilities urges customers to cut back on power usage during afternoon hours this week

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DANVILLE, Va. (WFXR) – Danville Utilities is asking customers to curtail energy usage this week as the heat continues to build into the region.

Specifically, they are urging power consumption reductions on Tuesday, Aug. 24 through Thursday, Aug. 26 between the hours of 2 and 6 p.m.

They say that nothing is wrong with the power grid and plenty of power will be available for customers; however, by reducing the demand for electricity during these hours, could save on future power supply costs.

Danville Utilities recommends customers take the following steps:

  • Use less air conditioning by setting the thermostat up 2+ degrees (even one degree will help) and using fans.
  • Do not operate major appliances such as washers, dryers and dishwashers.
  • Pull the shades on windows.
  • Shut off lights when not needed and unplug small appliances and electric chargers (especially those with small lights).

According to an advisory from American Municipal Power, the nonprofit wholesale power supplier and services provider for Danville Utilities and 134 other members in nine states, the demand for power across the regional grid during these hours could be the highest point of the year due to higher-than-average temperatures.

They say that electric utilities pay added demand-based charges for an entire year based on what their communities are using during high load periods.

For every 1,000 kilowatts curtailed during peak hours, the utility company could save thousands toward 2022 power supply costs which will help keep rates stable and help avoid future rate increases.

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