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As temperatures have remained in the triple digits, Oklahoma Gas and Electric is asking consumers to help alleviate the strain placed on the electricity system.
The company serves more than 792,000 electric customers in Oklahoma and western Arkansas.
While OG&E officials say they don't anticipate any problems, despite the company's system working daily at maximum output, they're proceeding with caution.
“And now with schools opening and adding to the electric load, we're asking customers to conserve where they can,” said OG&E spokesman Brian Alford.
The electric company is asking customers to make a few adjustments, primarily during peak hours of 2-7 p.m.:
• Raise thermostats to 78 degrees or the highest comfortable setting;
• Use fans;
• Keep blinds and drapes closed;
• Refrain from using electric ovens, clothes dryers, dishwashers;
• Keep refrigerator and freezer doors closed as much as possible; and
• Turn off or unplug any unnecessary electric equipment.