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Mid-South heat causing surge in use of electricity

As the temperatures continue to rise, more people are using electricity to keep cool and that could drastically impact electric bills. As the temperatures continue to rise, more people are using electricity to keep cool and that could drastically impact electric bills.

(WMC-TV) – As the temperatures continue to rise, more people are using electricity to keep cool and that could drastically impact electric bills.

Electricity usage by Memphis Light Gas and Water customers is at an all time high as the power company experiences an unusual increase in its electric load for this time of year.

MLGW energy usage peaked Friday, June 29, at 3,226 mega watts.

That's a lot higher than one year ago when customers used 2,827 mega watts.

The highest energy use ever was 3, 533 mega watts. That record was set in 2007 when the temperature hit 106 degrees.

More than 420,000 people get power from MLGW and power company officials say its system is equipped to handle a heavy load of electricity.

There are currently 56 substations in Shelby County and it can affect thousands of people if one of them goes out.

So far, MLGW representatives say the company has not experienced any large scale heat related outages. Nor have there been any problems with brownouts or blackouts.

An MLGW spokesman said saving energy at home can help prevent power outages and lower your electric bill.

Experts suggest setting your thermostat at 78 degrees or above. Every degree below that can add about 6 percent to your bill.

MLGW officials say energy usage is the highest between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. when people come home from work.

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