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As the temperature rises, so do air conditioner sales
The soaring temperatures have people scrambling to stay cool. Some are spending time hanging out by the pool while others are relaxing by the air conditioning.
The latter has electric companies working overtime.
"Typically in Nebraska, an electric system will peak during the summer," said Steve Cogley with Hastings Utilities.
But that peak is usually in July, not in June.
"This could be an indication of just much warmer than usual June or it could also mean that we're in for a long summer," Cogley said.
That threat of a long, hot summer has people getting prepared.
"As soon as they saw it was going to be about 100 degrees today, they were down here in a mad dash," said Ashley Miller, Sears manager in Hastings.
According to Sears in Hastings, air conditioners and fans have been flying off the shelves.
"Yesterday alone on air conditioners we sent out five," Miller said.
And Hastings Utilities can tell. Energy consumption around the area is up, thanks in part to hot, humid days.
"The highest local demand for electricity was on Monday, June 18," Cogley said. But he added Tuesday could change that.
Hastings Utilities says using more electricity won't make rates go up; rates are set for the year in the fall.
Sears reminds its customers that when buying an air conditioner, makes sure to measure the window before purchasing a unit.
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