Triple digit temperatures also bring power problems

Triple digit temperatures also bring power problems

Nothing feels better than walking into an air-conditioned building after being out in this heat but if we're not careful when it comes to power usage, that might not be an option.

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Just like water, conserving power in these triple-digit temperatures is a necessary adjustment we all have to make to guarantee we still have it tomorrow.

"The heat does put extra stress on the electrical grid," said Sally Graham with Entergy, Arkansas.

Entergy is working around the clock to monitor stress levels on sub-stations throughout the state. Although we haven't had any outages from over-usage yet, people like Lester Eugene are experiencing other heat-related power problems.

"I don't like being in the heat," said Eugene. "Then, if you open the doors, you've still got hot air coming in."

So he's outside working on the car to get out of his hot house and into a public place with working air conditioning while Entergy finds the branch that snapped off in the heat and knocked out Eugene's power.

"There are Entergy, Arkansas personnel working 24/7 making sure that there isn't a problem," said Graham.

"Most times, the power will go out when you've got a bad storm, but this is the first time we've had it happen with the heat," said Eugene. "It kind of surprised us!"

Here's how much energy we're all using: one megawatt powers about 500 homes in average weather. In this heat, one megawatt only powers about 200 homes.

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