By FRANK PHILLIPS
The National Weather Service has extended the Heat Advisory for a third day.
The weather service forecasts cooler air will move into the area after 8 o'clock tonight, bringing more seasonable temperatures beginning Thursday. With the cooler air comes a chance for severe thunderstorms.
Meanwhile, high temperatures coupled with high humidity have caused air-conditioning units to run nearly non-stop during the day. That extra electric usage prompted the Midwest Independent System Operator (MISO) to declare an Energy Emergency Alert 2 for member utilities in the central and eastern regions, including those in Indiana, according to a press release issued Tuesday.
"As member utilities of MISO, Indianapolis Power & Light Company (IPL) and Duke Energy Indiana are asking customers to voluntarily reduce usage of all non-essential electricity. These actions are being taken as prudent steps to continue delivering reliable service during this period of extremely high temperatures and humidity across the region."
The voluntary energy reduction request is being issued even though neither Indiana utility is experiencing any problems with their equipment.
The utilities recommend some basic energy conservation steps customers can take:
-If it doesn't interfere with health or safety, raise the setting on room and central air conditioners. Where possible, use fans: Air that is circulating, even warm air, is more comfortable than still air.
-Avoid using appliances such as dishwashers, clothes washers and dryers until the evening hours, when the temperature begins to drop.
-If possible, avoid preparing hot meals in the kitchen during the day. Cooking adds heat to the house, which increases the discomfort level and makes air conditioners work harder.
-Close curtains, drapes or blinds during the day to reduce heat buildup.
-Use lighting sparingly. Bulbs, particularly incandescent bulbs, produce heat.
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