Hamilton residents asked to reduce energy consumption

Hamilton residents are being asked to reduced their energy consumption for the rest of the week.

Thursday and Friday were projected to be two of the hottest days of the year.

Hamilton's Deputy City Manager requested that all customers of the city's electric system consider conserving energy during the peak period of 3 to 6 p.m. on July 5th and 6th.

According to officials, lowering demand during peak hours will help keep Hamilton's electricity rates low and help the environment as well.

Deputy City Manager, Tim Werdmann, conveyed, "Conserving energy whenever possible is always an excellent idea.  Conserving energy helps to lower monthly utility bills, while also being good stewards of our environment and natural resources."

Werdmann also revealed that beginning in January of 2012, the city of Hamilton became a member of the PJM Interconnection, a regional electric transmission organization that manages the electric grid.

Rules set by PJM say that rates the city pays for future transmission of electricity from outside the city will be set based on how much Hamilton uses during the upcoming peak days this summer.

"Lowering the City's overall usage of electricity during peak days will help to keep our electric rates stable and at some of the lowest in the region," says Werdmann.

Customers can take simple conservation steps such as turning off lights when not in the room, bumping up the thermostat a degree or two, as well as unplugging small appliances and electric chargers.

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