Bowling Green residents have been urged to reduce their electricity use during the heatwave

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) – The current heat wave in Kentucky this summer is shaping up to be one of the hottest yet.

Although it’s getting hotter, power companies in Bowling Green are urging residents to reduce the use of high-energy appliances.

“With all the hot temperatures we’ve had in the region, it’s just important that we’re able to produce and maintain a reliable level of electrical service for everyone,” said Christy Twyman, relationship manager with BGMU customers. “Of course with higher temperatures comes the higher need.”

The Tennessee Valley Authority is concerned that too many people using too many devices could overload the power supply.

“TVA is our electricity supplier,” explained Kim Phelps, Warren RECC’s senior director of communications and public relations. “They provide electricity throughout the Tennessee Valley. They asked Warren RECC and our members to conserve energy as much as possible, especially during peak hours. And that’s about 2 to 5 p.m.

Phelps advises getting blinds for windows and turning up the thermostat when no one is home to reduce energy use.

“You can close your blinds, especially on the sunny side of the house,” Phelps said. “While not everyone’s favorite, if you could, if you raised your thermostat a few degrees, it would actually save a lot.”

Phelps also advises paying attention to drafts in the home to help stay cool, especially for older homes and caravans.

“The best thing you can do is make sure you keep the cold air in and the hot air out,” Phelps said. “If you have a drafty door, for example, maybe you want to put a towel in there or one of those little drafty rugs, that helps.”

Twyman reminds residents that electricity is not the only consumer of energy, using cold rather than hot water will also reduce energy consumption.

“On the water side, you just have to think about heating your water,” Twyman said. “So if you could wash in cold temperatures, again, do full loads on your dishwasher. Keep your showers brief, you know, instead of taking a bath, take a shower and don’t get too hot.

Above all, Phelps asks people to be safe and help each other in this heat.

“We always, always ask that if you have an elderly neighbor or you have or someone with young children or pets, just be sure to check people out. We’re all one family here in south-central Kentucky,” Phelps said. “So be sure to check in with your neighbor and make sure everyone is okay.”

For more resources on energy conservation, visit the Warren RECC website.

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