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Geneva to use Twitter to help residents reduce electric use

Published: Wednesday, June 18, 2014 9:53 p.m. CDT

GENEVA – Geneva is offering an electric load reduction program to all customers by alerting them via Twitter to cut down electric use during peak hours of the day.

The program is voluntary, has no penalties and requires no reporting or tracking of usage. The benefits of reducing energy are making Geneva a greener community and keeping future electric costs down, officials said.

To participate, follow Geneva’s Twitter account @CityofGeneva or find a link to the Twitter feed at www.geneva.il.us.

Geneva’s Twitter followers will receive information when to reduce power consumption in a home or business during peak power days.

Tweets will be issued with a “#electric” hashtag so they can be filtered from other city news. 

Participants can use standard Twitter tools if they would like a message forwarded to their email or receive a phone notification. After an alert has been issued, the two easiest ways customers can reduce electric use is by turning up their thermostats for a few hours, by turning off the air conditioning and by running major appliances later in the evening.

During an average summer, the city will issue about 20 alerts to customers.

For information, see the city’s website or call Public Works Department Electric Division at 630-232-1503.

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