Utilities call for conservation during cold spell

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Vermont’s largest utility is asking customers to conserve energy over the next couple of days. Central Vermont Public Service says bitter cold has pushed electricity use to near record levels.

CVPS spokesman Steve Costello says conservation will help control future power costs. The utility is urging customers to use less energy during the early evening hours. That’s when the demand usually is at its highest point. Green Mountain Power made a similar request on Thursday.

CVPS is advising customers to turn off unnecessary lights, printers, computers and other equipment. High-energy tasks such as washing and drying clothes or running the dishwasher should be done during the day or late at night.

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