VINCENNES, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) – Win Energy officials are asking customers to conserve energy as the summer heatwave continues to drive “feel like temperatures” into the triple digits in many places across the Wabash Valley.

“Extremely hot days like today increase the possibility of requests to reduce electricity usage,” a Win Energy spokesperson said in a statement this week. “The Win Energy REMC team is prepared for these situations and will continue to communicate any updates.”

The area power company recommends customers take the following steps to decrease energy usage:

  • Set your thermostat to its highest comfortable setting; the Department of Energy suggests setting your air conditioner at 78 degrees and using fans to help cool you.
  • Grill outdoors or use no bake recipes instead of using your oven or stove.
  • Lower your electric water heater to 120 or below.
  • Turn off unnecessary lights and unplug excess small appliances around your home.
  • Close curtains during the day to keep excess sunlight out of rooms.
  • Use large appliances like dishwashers, dryers, chargers, and other heavy energy users late at night or early morning.

WIN Energy REMC (Western Indiana Energy REMC) is a not-for-profit electric distribution cooperative in southwestern Indiana serving over 17,000 homes and businesses in rural Clay, Gibson, Greene, Knox, Pike, Posey, Sullivan, and Vigo counties.