Ergon Energy ready for a scorcher

DESPITE the mercury expected to hit the early 40s this weekend, residents shouldn't fret about the possibility of power outages, according to Ergon Energy.

Network spokesman Rod Rehbein said Ergon was not expecting record usages, despite the heat.

"Our general situation is that because there's less commercial load on a weekend, we don't tend to get the peaks on the weekend we do on the weekdays," he said.

"Certainly there's a lot of heat around and out towards Roma and we've cancelled a planned outage.

"We're obviously expecting a significant load on the network but there has been fairly elevated demand over the last month or so."

He said investments into the network had been made to boost confidence in its capability over high-usage times, such as hot weekends.

"From the point of view of power bills, we recommend people use their air-conditioner as sufficiently as possible, setting them around that 25° mark and having windows and doors shut," he said.

"We're not saying people shouldn't use air-conditioning, all should stay as comfortable as possible."



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