Lethbridge officials expect electricity use to increase during heat wave – Lethbridge

The heat wave has Lethbridge residents turning to air conditioners to try and beat the high temperatures.

Charlton & Hill Home Services director Dan Friesen said Monday the air conditioner market is off to a good start.

Sales picked up earlier than usual this year after a few warmer days in early June, and Friesen says that trend has continued.

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“This warm weather, so early in the season, has really created a lot of demand,” Friesen said.

“Our service technicians will fix the systems. We install systems, several systems a day.

“We can barely meet the demand.”

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More air conditioning units and fans mean more electricity used.

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City of Lethbridge Electricity General Manager Jason Drenth said the city is preparing for a power boost.

“We’re seeing strong additional demand with air conditioners,” Drenth said.

“On a normal sunny day, we might see 120 to 130 megawatts, where our historic peak is 183 megawatts, which was set just a few weeks ago.”

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Drenth said the city does not currently expect any service interruptions, but reminded residents to take steps to conserve energy.

“Closing blinds and curtains helps keep sunlight out and the air cooler,” Drenth said.

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“The fans are always great. They consume much less energy than an air conditioner, so you can use them in combination. »

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Friesen added that keeping your AC unit running during the day will reduce power consumption spikes.

“That’s the biggest demand on the grid: everyone coming home from work, everyone turning on those air conditioners at the same time,” Friesen said.

“If you let your house maintain temperature all day, you’ll have less of an impact on the grid during those peak hours after work.”

Friesen suggested letting your house warm up a few degrees during the day if no one is home.

“Definitely better for your air conditioner as well,” Friesen said.

The city encourages residents to avoid using the oven for cooking and to limit the use of appliances during peak hours in the early evening.

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