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Amid Heat Wave, TVA Asking Customers to Cut Back on Energy Demand

With summer’s heat wave pushing the heat index beyond 100 degrees in the south, TVA is asking its customers across its seven-state footprint to cut back on its energy use.

The additional power demands of hot weather are leading TVA to urge using less electricity. In north Alabama, where TVA’s footprint in the state is most widespread. The heat index in parts of north Alabama could climb as high as 106 degrees, according to the National Weather Service forecasting office in Huntsville.

TVA suggestions include closing curtains and blinds during the day and adjusting the thermostat to a higher setting – the federal utility suggested at least as high as 75 degrees while using fans to keep air circulated within your home. And using appliances sparingly, such as only operating the dishwasher when it is full, and maybe cooking dinner on an outdoor grill instead of using the stove or oven.

And unplug electronics even if they are not in use. That will result in less energy demand as well, TVA said.

TVA’s request to reduce energy usage is from 2-5 p.m. daily during the heat wave.

“We plan for extreme weather and are working around the clock with your local power company to keep your power reliable,” TVA said on its Facebook page. “Still, we ask you to join us in reducing electricity use during the hottest parts of the day, between 2 pm - 5 pm, as the #HeatWave drives up energy demand.”

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