LIPA is urging customers to conserve energy

July 21, 2011 6:52:31 PM PDT
The Long Island Power Authority is urging customers to conserve energy. They are gearing up to handle another unbearably hot day.

"It feels terrible, the minute I open the door, I felt like suffocating. So I'm staying indoors," said Uniondale resident Rosalia Corda.

And indoors the fan in Rosalia Corda's hand, and on the ceiling, are cranking. So is the air conditioning. While she's keeping things cool in her Uniondale home, with so many others at home doing the same, it can be a strain on the power grid.

But LIPA says, they're ready.

"We have more than enough capacity to deal with the electric demands of our customers. However, we do encourage our customers to conserve," said LIPA's Vanessa Baird-Streeter.

LIPA says they have additional capacity to handle the extra demand by customers.

They suggest turning the AC off when leaving the home. When it's on, set it to about 78 degrees. LIPA also recommends using fans to circulate cool air, and to only run the dishwasher and do laundry either early in the morning or late at night.

Meanwhile, LIPA crews are on standby in case of any outages, working hard in the heat so that customers like Corda can stay home and keep cool.

And LIPA reminds customers that following those tips not only helps overall, but it will help you cut down on your electric bill.

To report an outage, call LIPA at 1-800-490-0075

For tips from LIPA on conserving energy, visit