What effect will this have on my service?
Generally, a voltage reduction will not have an appreciable effect on your service. Standard household appliances and electrical equipment are manufactured to tolerate a 10% plus/minus change in voltage. A 5% voltage reduction is within that tolerance. In fact, utilities sometimes perform voltage reduction tests with little notice to customers.

Customers with concerns about their electric service or about sensitive electronic equipment should check equipment manuals or their equipment suppliers about potential precautionary measures to protect equipment or data. Computer users should save files and data frequently.

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1. What is a voltage reduction?
2. Why do utilities do this?
3. Am I going to see a voltage reduction this summer?
4. Will there be any advanced notification of voltage reductions?
5. What effect will this have on my service?
6. What if I depend on electricity for life support or other health-related equipment?
7. How long will the voltage reduction last?
8. Why do utilities ask customers to avoid using power?
9. How much difference can turning off lights and appliances really make?
10. How many times will you have to do this?
11. What will happen if not enough people pay attention to the appeal to reduce consumption?