Energy companies issue peak alerts, ask residents to power down

Published 12:41 pm Monday, July 21, 2014

Feeling the pinch of today’s high temperatures,  area energy companies are calling on residents to help out by powering down.

Austin Utilities, Freeborn-Mower Cooperative Services and Dairyland Power have all issued peak alerts today as high temperatures hit the area.

The companies ask residents to help out by cutting back on energy use until tonight, whether it’s reducing air conditioner use, shutting off lights, or running the dishwashers and wash machines later in the evening or early morning.

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The National Weather Service out of La Crosse, Wis., issued a heat advisory through 9 p.m. Monday, as temperatures are expected to reach 88 degrees with heat indices close to 100 this afternoon and early evening.

Highs around 88 and heat indices near 100 are also expected Tuesday before highs drop to the upper 70s for the rest of the week.