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Quebec hits all-time high for power consumption amid cold snap

Digital writers

Wednesday, January 22, 2014, 6:00 PM -

When times get cold, you crank it up. And with Quebec in the midst one of the coldest winter in years, people were cranking way, way up. 

According to Hydro-Québec, electricity across the province peaked at a record 39,240 megawatts around 7:30 a.m. Wednesday. 

The last historical peak was reached January 23, 2013 at 38,797 megawatts. 

The utility is asking customers to reduce consumption during peak morning and early-evening hours, when possible.

Hydro-Québec recommends that customers reduce their thermostat by one or two degrees Celsius, especially when leaving the house. They also suggest customers use washers, dryers and certain appliance during non-peak hours. 

And with a stormy system pushing into Quebec late Friday, early Saturday, residents may want to try some of these alternatives to staying warm:

  • Electric heaters 
  • Hot water bottles 
  • Pile on the layers 
  • Candles 
  • Hot drinks 
  • Leave the oven door open after cooking

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