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Heat affects power supply

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Turning up the thermostat in the summer can save money on energy costs. Turning up the thermostat in the summer can save money on energy costs.
SIKESTON, MO (KFVS) -

With temperatures hitting triple digits today, lots of air conditioning units will be running overtime.

While brownouts are always a possibility as electric carriers reach its peak output, it's not likely to happen.

SEMO Electric says it has safeguards in place like reserve power sources should its customers use more power than usual.

And it's not just air conditioners that will run power companies output to the max, it's farmers as well.

"We also have to worry about irrigators," said Glen Cantrell with SEMO Electric. "They're going to run those 24 hours a day, seven days a week if they can."

To keep your energy bill down in the heat, you should keep fans blowing in your house to circulate air, and also close your blinds or curtains to keep the sunlight out of your house.

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