ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- New Yorkers are being asked to reduce electricity use as this week's heat wave is driving near record demand for power.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo says people should cut back as much as possible to take pressure off the state's power grid and help prevent outages or brownouts.
He says Thursday that experts monitoring the grid expect demand to hit record levels.
Consumers are being asked to set air conditioner thermostats no lower than 78 degrees and to turn off air conditioning when spaces aren't occupied. They're also urged to turn off any unnecessary lights and use appliances only in early morning or late at night when overall demand is generally lower.
State health officials continue to warn people about taking care to stay hydrated, eat light and avoid strenuous activity.