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Excessive Heat Could Push Power Consumption

Last updated on Thursday, June 28, 2012

(INDIANAPOLIS) - IPL says we could hit a year-to-date record for power consumption Thursday.

That's when the temperature in Central Indiana is expected to hit 100 degrees.

Spokesperson Crystal Livers-Powers says IPL hit peak power usage back on August 8, 2007. Powers says that's when some 470,000 customers pulled 3,139 megawatt hours.

However she adds that was during a prolonged, humid heatwave and they don't expect to come near that Thursday. Powers says low humidity is predicted for Thursday which should ease discomfort and result in less power usage.

She says it's important for customers to use major appliances sparingly and strategically to avoid residual heat.

Powers says to save energy it's best to turn thermostats up slightly during the cooler evening hours, draw curtains during the day to block hot sun and use large appliances sparingly, among other tips.

More information is available at IPL.com.

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