As Connecticut faces increased demand for electricity in light of the region's ongoing heatwave, Gov. Dannel Malloy released a statement Thursday urging Connecticut residents to cut down on electricity usage.
"With temperatures expected to remain well into the 90s into the weekend, air conditioning and other needs are putting real strains on our electric grid," Malloy said in a statement. "Everyone can play a part in helping us cope with this demand by taking a few simple steps to save electricity."
Malloy went on to outline steps residents can take: setting air conditioners to a slightly higher temperature; running washers, dryers and dishwashers at night; and turning off lights and appliances that are not being used.
The National Weather Service expects temperatures in New England to remain in the mid- to high-90s through Saturday.
The state said ISO-New England, the region's power grid operator, said demand for electricity could close in on a seven-year record during the weeklong heatwave.
Malloy said the demand for electricity during heat waves highlights the importance of energy efficiency.
"Efficiency brings down monthly bills for homeowners and businesses alike. [Efficiency] brings down overall demands on and costs of the grid system by reducing the volume of power that must be produced. Through efficiency, we can shave peak demands for power, like the demand levels we are seeing now."
Connecticut residents and businesses can find tips for energy efficiency at www.energizect.com.
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