Xcel Energy is offering advice during this time of high energy use during extreme heat.

Electricity providers in the Southwest Power Pool, including Xcel Energy, expect a spike in demand this week because of extreme heat.

In the event of an emergency situation, the company wants customers, to cut back on energy use, and controlled power outages could happen to reduce energy use on the larger regional grid.

Installing a programmable thermostat that raises the setting when the house is empty and lowers it to a comfortable level when everyone comes home

Using ceiling fans to circulate cool air throughout the home

Opening interior doors to improve the circulation of cool air inside.

Xcel Energy does not expect controlled outages to be needed.

For more energy conservation tips, go online at Tx.Xcelenergy.com