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NV Energy says it is prepared for weekend heat wave

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LAS VEGAS -- The hot summer months in Southern Nevada typically produce more power outages than other times of the year, but NV Energy says it is prepared for the excessive heat residents can expect this weekend.

The preparation comes in the form of long-range forecasts the company performs well in advance of the summer months. Those forecasts enable the utility to plan ahead for the amount of electricity it believes will be needed to meet peak customer demand.

NV Energy says its has fewer and shorter power outages than other utilities outside Nevada.

To avoid the stress air conditioning use places on the power grid, NV Energy advises consumers turn up their thermostats, take care of their air conditioning units, and let Mother Nature cool homes during the mornings and evenings.

“The most effective way to prevent high bills is to install a programmable thermostat and set the system to run no lower than 78 degrees when cooling your home and 85 degrees when you’re away,” said Chad Piekarz, an energy efficiency expert for NV Energy. “The easiest way to cut energy costs is to use less.”

Other recommendations from Piekarz include:

* Changing air filters on air conditioning systems monthly when the system is running more often and making sure the air conditioning unit is free of debris.

* Using window coverings to keep heat out during the day.

* Using the dishwasher, washing machine and dryer later in the day as these appliances can heat a house.

* Using portable electric fans and ceiling fans to help keep temperatures cooler.

* Considering using an indoor evaporative cooler instead of the air conditioner as the power consumption is drastically lower.

* Opening windows to let cooler air in during mornings and evenings.

* Replacing incandescent lights with LED lights or compact fluorescent lights.

Under state law electricity service cannot be terminated in Southern Nevada under the following heat-related circumstances:

* For elderly or disabled customers when the outside temperature is forecasted to be at least 100 degrees Fahrenheit and they live in a mobile home constructed before 2000.

* For all other elderly or disabled customers when the temperature is forecasted to be at least 103 degrees.

* For all other customers when the temperature is forecasted to be at least 105 degrees.

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