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Try to beat or just tolerate the heat

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  • Jeff Hymas, Rocky Mountain Power Salt Lake City, UT
    July 9, 2012 11:37 p.m.

    To clarify, Rocky Mountain Power isn't as concerned about electricity use at night. (It's actually better to wait until night to use electric appliances such as your dishwasher, clothes washer or dryer, etc.) Rather, we encourage customers to use electricity as efficiently as possible all the time, and especially in the afternoon and early evening when electricity use is at its peak. By doing so, you can save money on your power bills and help avoid putting strain on the electric system on hot summer days. We prepare in advance for the summer heat and higher electricity use that comes along with it (due largely to air conditioning). However, high temperatures during the day that continue into the night can prevent power lines and electrical equipment from cooling down as much as they normally would overnight. That's a concern whenever you have triple-digit temperatures over multiple days, as is expected this week.