GREEN BAY - This week's temperatures have created a high demand for electricity. Customers could feel a little sticker shock when they get their utility bills.
Tim Carter and his family can sum up the Northeast Wisconsin heat wave with just one word.
"Miserable," said Carter.
His two air conditioners have been working overtime trying to keep up.
"It's probably 75 inside right now. Of course we're running them 24-7. We did have a portable one we were using as well, moving it throughout the house," said Carter.
And just next door, Tony Conrad and his family have no AC. Earlier in the week, his girlfriend made a late night purchase.
"She went out at 3:00 in the morning to go buy a fan, put it together, just because you know we don't have air conditioning. She couldn't take it anymore," said Conrad.
But beating the heat comes with a price.
On Thursday, We Energies and Wisconsin Public Service reported the highest peak demand for power so far this year.
"Our all-time high is 2,425 megawatts. We normally expect maybe 1,700 megawatts thereabouts. We've been more in the 2,000 to 2,100 range," said Kerry Spees, WPS spokesperson.
Utility officials say air conditioners draw the most electricity of any appliance.
"So if you're running it a lot, then not only are you using a bunch, your bill's going to be a bit higher when you get one later this month," said Spees.
But for people we talked to, it's a price they are more than willing to pay.
"It's well worth the cost of the energy for the cool air," said Carter.
"The fan is like a godsend. It doesn't cool down the whole house, but it helps us sleep at night," said Conrad.
This heat wave comes on the heels of one of the warmest winters ever, ranking second all-time in Green Bay history. In terms of days reaching above 32 degrees, it had the most of any winter in recorded history.
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