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Monroeville residents asked to reduce electric usage Friday

• Jul 18, 2019 at 10:58 AM

MONROEVILLE — Village officials are asking residents to voluntarily reduce electric usage on Friday in anticipation of a heatwave.

As temperatures are expected to reach well into the 90s, Monroeville Municipal Light and Power is calling on customers to voluntarily reduce their electric usage during the hours of 2 to 5 p.m.

A portion of Monroeville Municipal Light and Power rates are the result of what is known as transmission charges, which are based on community-wide electric demand on the hottest and coldest days of the year — demand peaks. By lowering electric usage on these days, customers can help to keep electric rates lower in the future.

“Once there community’s electric demand rises to peak levels, higher charges get locks into place,” Mayor Melissa Fries-Seip said. “By conserving energy as a community, we can avoid letting charges get too far out of hand and work to keep prices down for everyone.”

Customers can lower their electric usage by undertaking some of the following simple conservation measures:

• Shutting off lights when you leave a room

• Raising the thermostat by several degrees

• Closing curtains and blinds

• Saving laundry, dishes and other household chores until later in the evening

• Turning off and unplugging unused electronics and appliances

• Grilling out instead of cooking indoors

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