Heat wave taking a toll on young trees, utilities encouraging energy conservation

Jul 3, 2018

After leading the effort to replace thousands of trees killed during the October Surprise snowstorm of 2006, Paul Maurer is now working to save some newly planted trees from the ongoing heat wave.

Re-Tree of WNY Chairman Paul Maurer returned to Roosevelt Park, in Buffalo, Monday, to water young trees planted in April.
Credit Chris Caya WBFO News

Local utilities are also encouraging customers to conserve power during the heat wave because it puts additional strain on the power grid.

NYSEG says it has taken measures to prepare the grid for increased customer demand, but with the additional usage, largely driven by the use of air conditioning, it puts more strain on the system.

A similar message was released by National Grid, which is asking upstate New York customers to reduce unnecessary electricity usage for the remainder of the week. Officials say electricity supply to the area is adequate, but heavy demand and high temperatures could potentially challenge regional networks.

Among the things you can do to conserve electricity:

  • During daylight hours, close curtains or shades to reduce penetration of heat into the home.
  • Set your thermostat to a slightly warmer temperature if health permits. A suggested range is 74-78 degrees.
  • Turn off air conditioners when leaving home for an extended period, such as multiple days.
  • Turn off ceiling fans when you’re not in the room.
  • Unplug electronics when they are not being used. Devices like televisions and may still draw electricity when they are turned off.