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WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- You know its hot when PEPCO puts out the word to conserve.

That's what the utility did Wednesday in the Washington area for the first time this season to reduce peak demand between 2 and 6 pm.

Customers can get credited up to $80 per year if they allow PEPCO to install remote control devices on air conditioners to briefly cycle them off on peak days.

Last year the program saved customers more than $3.4 million dollars and reduced peak demand load by 2.3 million kilowatt-hours.

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