News 12 at 6, August 8, 2007
Columbia County--Power companies are expecting what could be a 3rd straight record breaking day for electricity demand.
And crews are working hard to make sure you don't lose power at your house as electrical grids are pushed to the limit.
With temperatures in the 100's and air conditioners running on full blast, power companies are running at peak capacity.
And it's taking everything they've got to keep everything running smoothly.
Every time you feel the breeze of your air conditioning during these hot summer months, you should be thanking workers like Georgia Power's Mike O'Meara.
"Over the past few days, it's been intense heat." Mike said.
And as the temps go up, so does the amount of times mike has to raise up this pole. It may not look like much, but it can detect how much electricity is moving through these wires.
"We have to watch our wires to make sure it doesn't get overloaded." Mike said.
And that helps keep the power running at your house.
As Mike and his co-workers have been sweating out 100-plus degree days, so has the electrical system.
Crews have been adding new lines, watching sub-stations and re-routing things to keep black-outs from happening.
With everyone running their a.c. on high, it's putting a big strain on workers and the system alike.
"We design our system to handle this load. This is the max, the peak that we design for. It's a big test for our folks to make sure it stays running like it should." georgia power's chester parker said.
It's a big test that Mike and his co-workers are working hard to pass.
"We're keeping power up and the lights on." Mike said.
You can help ease the strain by closing your blinds or curtains and not running your dishwasher and dryers until late at night.
And check the filter in your air conditioner. You probably need to replace it. Once you do, you'll notice a difference.