National Grid Calls For Reduction In Electrical Use

July 22, 2011 Updated Jul 22, 2011 at 12:11 PM EDT

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National Grid Calls For Reduction In Electrical Use

July 22, 2011 Updated Jul 22, 2011 at 12:11 PM EDT

FROM NATIONAL GRID: July 22, 2011 - Due to continued high demand caused by hot weather and forecasts for temperatures to reach well into the 90s again, National Grid is asking customers in its Upstate New York market area to reduce all unnecessary electricity usage until 6 p.m. today.

The request is being made to reduce demand on utility equipment and maintain system reliability. Electricity supply to the area is adequate, but heavy demand and high temperatures could potentially challenge regional networks.

Here are some steps customers can take to reduce usage:

· Put off energy using activity –Turn off lights when they are not needed, and avoid cooking, bathing or washing clothes during this period.

· Unplug electronics – Even though your television and other appliances are turned off, electronics with little standby lights still draw electricity. Unplug any unnecessary appliances.

National Grid spokesman Stephen Brady tells Eyewitness News that the areas impacted are from Buffalo, to the Southern Tier, and across the state to Albany.

The website for more information from National Grid is www.nationalgridus.com