CUYAHOGA FALLS -- The Cuyahoga Falls Electric Department is asking customers to reduce their power usage between 2 and 7 p.m. Wednesday.

The power system is expected to experience a higher load during that time, according to Mike Dougherty, electric service superintendent.

According to the city, Cuyahoga Falls Electric gets billed capacity and transmission charges based on the city's peak usage the previous year. The peak usage amount is set by the city's usage during the five days and hours when the transmission system was at its peak for the year. Part of the city's power cost is rolled along to the customers.

The Electric Department wants customers to know that they don't necessarily have to use less electricity to save money. Instead they can use power during nonpeak times and see savings.

Tips for using electricity efficiently during hours covered by the alert:

  • Set thermostats at the highest comfortable setting. If you're leaving for the day, set the thermostat higher but don't turn the system off unless the home will be unoccupied by family members or pets for several days.
  • Turn off lights that are not needed.
  • Make sure drapes and furniture are not blocking air registers or returns.
  • Minimize hot water use to reduce heat and humidity in your house. For cooking, use a microwave oven or counter-top appliances instead of your stove.
  • Close blinds, shades or drapes during the hottest part of the day. This helps prevent the suns rays from heating up your house and making your air conditioner work overtime.
  • Use ceiling fans and portable fans to keep air moving. Postpone using dishwashers, washing machines, dryers and other major appliances until after 7 p.m.