Several rural energy providers issued a “peak energy alert” this afternoon asking users to reduce consumption from 2 p.m. into the evening.

People’s Energy Cooperative of Oronoco, MiEnergy Cooperative of Rushford, Albert Lea-based Freeborn-Mower Cooperative Services, St. Ansgar, Iowa-based Heartland Power Cooperative issued the alert.

“All cooperative members are urged to reduce electrical usage until after 6 p.m. Members enrolled in energy management strategies (load control) can expect to be affected between 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.,” according to the alert.

The announcement encouraged energy customers to conserve electricity by taking steps like setting their air conditioner to 78 degrees, running the dishwasher or doing laundry later in the evening, using a microwave or grill instead of the oven to cook dinner, and keeping televisions or gaming systems off.

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