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Along with Heat, Power Use Could Also Break Records

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If this heat sticks around, officials with NV Energy say we'll be breaking power records along with heat records.

And that means the potential for some very high power bills.

"As we see the temperatures continue to be high for a longer period of time, a lot of times that's when you'll see us set a record," says Mary Simmons.

Simmons says the last power record was set in 2007 at more than 1,700 megawatts. She says we have a good chance of passing that over the next few days.

It's not great news for our power bills, but she says it's actually not going to be too stressful on the power grid.

The addition of a new power plant after the record in 2007 means our energy supply should be fine barring any major equipment problems.

"We really do have plenty of resources to fill the demand that we see being created because of the heat."

Ok so here are a few tips to keep your energy usage low - and your costs down

try to keep your thermostat at around 78 degrees - if you can
when you're not home, turn it up, so your a/c isn't running constantly
keep your curtains closed to block light and insulate your house
turn off any lights you're not using, to limit power and heat
try to only use big appliances like you dryer during the cooler parts of the day

And-- finally-- it's a good excuse to barbecue. Cooking outside will spare your house the heat of the oven or stove.

Written by Arianna Bennett

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