FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. -- Residents of Fairfield County and all of Connecticut are urged to take voluntarily take steps to conserve energy as the state faces a record demand for electricity during this ongoing heat wave, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said Thursday.
“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. “Everyone can play a part in helping us cope with this demand by taking a few simple steps to save electricity.
“Reducing demand for electricity can be as easy as setting the air conditioner to a slightly higher temperature, running washers, dryers, and dishwashers at night, and turning off lights and appliances that are not being used.”
ISO-New England, the region’s power grid operator, says demand for electricity could close in on a seven-year record as businesses and individuals cope with the weeklong heat wave.
The National Weather Service says temperatures in much of New England are expected to be in the mid- to high-90s through Saturday.
The demand for electricity during this heat wave highlights the importance of energy efficiency, Malloy said.
“We are putting aggressive initiatives in place to make Connecticut number one in the nation when it comes to energy efficiency because that is the basic building block of a sound energy policy,” he said. “Efficiency brings down monthly bills for homeowners and businesses alike. In addition, 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.”
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