An “orange alert” has been issued by the city of St. George to protect its power grid from extreme temperatures and high loads.


People are encouraged to refrain from using major household appliances such as ovens, dishwashers, clothes washers, and dryers between 3-7 p.m. Also, the city encourages keeping south and west-facing blinds closed, with the thermostat set at no less than 78 degrees Fahrenheit.


Managing director of St. George’s Emergency Services Department Rene Fleming explained, “We’ve been a public power utility since 1942, and we’ve learned from experience that when we have temperatures high like this, higher than we’ve had in a few years, we can really expect a large demand on our electric system, so we’re just trying to be proactive.”


With residents’ and visitors’ assistance during these extreme heat days, Fleming said the city can manage the strain on the power grid without outages. She hopes that residents will see the benefits of reducing energy use. “If you can help us by conserving, you’re also helping yourself because you’ll save money on your power bill.”

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