National Grid says our heatwave in Central New York has prompted them to ask all their customers in upstate New York to reduce all unnecessary use of electrity during the daytime hours on Thursday.

The request is being made to reduce demand on utility equipment and maintain their system reliability. The utility claims the supply to the area is adequate, but heavy demand and high temperatures could pontentially challenge their regional networks.

The record for peak usage upstate for National Grid was set in July of 2011 at 6,909 megawatts. Usage this week has approached that record, but has not surpassed it.

National Grid is urging customers to take a few steps to curtail their usage Thursday.

- Put off energy using activity. Turn off lights when they're not needed and avoid cooking, bathing or washing clothes during the period.

- Unplug electronics. Even though your television and other appliances are turned off, they still consume power.

- Adjust your thermostat, use fans. To reduce the energy of your air conditioning system, set the thermostat high as health and comfort will permit. Using fans in occupied rooms, instead of air conditoning, also reduces energy use.