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Batavia residents asked to limit power use today

Published: Monday, July 8, 2013 9:33 a.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, July 8, 2013 11:30 a.m. CDT

BATAVIA – The city of Batavia is asking residents to postpone electric usage from 2 to 5 p.m. today.

The alert is due to heat and humidity across the area. A similar alert could be issued Tuesday, according to a news release.

"If you are out in the heat, please be careful and drink fluids," the release states. "Please remember to check on your neighbors and relatives. Don’t forget your pets; the heat affects them, too."

The release goes on to state that residents might want to raise their thermostat a couple of degrees if they are running air conditioning. It suggests cooling homes down over night and keeping the shades closed during the day.

"The price of power has been going down at night, so it OK to use more power at night. Any power you can use at night instead of during the day helps all of us," the release states.

Residents are asked to turn off any unused lights or electric appliances. 

" ... we created our Peak Alert Program to conserve electricity, help our environment and control our costs," the release states. "We created this program to be good stewards of our resources. The Batavia Electric System has plenty of capacity and reserve to serve all of our customers."

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