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Appalachian Power asks customers to conserve electricity

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One restaurant in Putnam County is already doing what they can to conserve. One restaurant in Putnam County is already doing what they can to conserve.
TEAYS VALLEY, WV -

It's was a routine day of work for the employees at Fireside Grill in Teays Valley on Tuesday, the same day that Appalachian Power made a request.  They asked customers in the region to back down on their use of electricity.

During extreme weather conditions, officials with Appalachian Power said the demand for electricity goes up.  In turn, they're asking customers to voluntarily conserve it.

"It's so cold outside," said owner, Marc Brown.  "How can you ask someone to turn their heat down when they're trying to keep warm?"  He said when it comes to cutting back, he's already doing it.

"We have a third of our restaurant that we don't even use during these cold months," he said.  They're also phasing in LED light bulbs. 

Appalachian Power has some tips when it comes to conserving.  Decrease your thermostat settings to the lowest comfortable level, if health permits. Postpone the use of major electric appliances, like stoves, dishwashers and clothes dryers, until mid-day or after 9 p.m., when the demand for electricity decreases and finally, turn off unused and unneeded lights and electrical appliances.

But for Brown and his staff, he said he's sticking with what works best for business.  "It's tough for us to cut down on our power when we have so many people coming to us looking for some comfort."

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