Yellow Springs residents can cut electric rates with low use today

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If residents and business owners in Yellow Springs can curb their electric use for a few hours this afternoon, it can lead to reduced energy costs in the future.

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It's called Peak Power Shaving, and the voluntary effort happens in the village during the hottest days of the year.

Today's forecast indicates temperatures will soar into the upper 80s with humidity. There's the chance for a pop-up storm toward evening.

American Municipal Power recommends that Yellow Springs denizens cut electric use from 3 to 6 p.m. today, according to a release from the Village Manager's Office.

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"Cutting electric consumption during these hours could reduce our carbon footprint as well as save village residents on energy costs next year," according to the release.

The potential savings are there because AMP bases next year's electric rates on the days of highest electrical use from the previous year.

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If enough people shut off air conditioners, appliances and any other power-draining devices for the designated three hours today, it could reduce next year's energy rates in the village.