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Geneva residents asked to reduce electricity use in summertime – voluntarily

Customers' electric use reduction during peak hours saves money, energy

GENEVA – Geneva residents are being asked to provide relief to the city’s electric operations by voluntarily reducing their power consumption for a few hours in the afternoon during the summer, officials announced in a news release.

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. The Geneva electric system has plenty of capacity and reserve to serve all its customers, according to the release.

The voluntary electric load reduction program is offered to all customers by alerting them via Twitter and at the website, www.geneva.il.us, to cut down power usage during peak hours of the day.

People wanting timely updates of when to reduce electricity consumption in a home or business during peak power days can do so by following the city on Twitter @CityofGeneva or by visiting the city’s website, click the “Notify Me” button, and subscribe to the “Peak Power Day Alerts" in the “Alert Center.”

After an alert has been issued, the easiest ways customers can reduce electric use is by adjusting their thermostats a few degrees, running major appliances later in the evening and turning off lights in empty rooms.

The city will issue about 20 alerts to customers during an average summer.

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

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