LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — NV Energy is asking customers to reduce their energy use and relieve stress on the power grid as a searing heat wave hangs over Las Vegas and other areas of Nevada.

The heat wave is contributing to increased energy use and placing strain on the western electric grid, NV Energy said.

NV Energy is urging customers to help by reducing energy use.

“We appreciate the conservation efforts our customers have taken these last several days and ask them to continue to do all they can to reduce their energy use as much as possible Tuesday through Thursday between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. when electricity demand is highest,” said Josh Langdon, NV Energy Vice President of Transmission.

Some conservation actions you can take include:

  • Adjust the thermostat to 78 degrees or higher to reduce the use of air conditioning, barring medical issues.
  • Use ceiling fans and pre-cool your home before 5 p.m.
  • Use large electrical appliances like dishwashers, washing machines, and electric clothes dryers before 10 a.m. or after 8 p.m.
  • Only run your pool pump eight to 12 hours a day and schedule it to run after 8 p.m.
  • Charge electric vehicles before 10 a.m. or at night after 8 p.m.
  • Turn off unnecessary lights.
  • Avoid cooking indoors during peak hours.

The official high temperature is expected to reach 111 Tuesday, with triple-digit temperatures cooking the valley the rest of the week. Keep pets indoors and check on elderly family members or neighbors, especially those without air conditioning.

There are additional tips for conserving energy at this link.