Denver getting creative in beating heat

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DENVER -- Four straight days of triple digit heat has many concerned about staying cool,  especially those who are trying to deal with the heat without air conditioning. Erin Burge and her husband have been sweating out their heat frustration for these last few days.

“Well, honestly, it is pretty miserable!” said Erin Burge, who is living without air conditioning.

Burge and her husband tried to beat the heat by covering their windows with curtains made specifically to block out the warm sun and then they set up multiple fans.

“We have these fans everywhere strategically placed so that they hit us while we are sitting here,” Burge said.

This works for the Burge’s until later in the afternoon.

“You know four o'clock rolls around and it's pretty much hotter inside than it is outside,” Burge said.

The family has become creative when dealing with it. They have been taking lots of showers. Even their dog is getting hosed down in the sink every few hours. And when that’s not enough they try using large ice packs.

“They come in handy and you just kind of move them around on your body,” Burge said.

Of course just when the Burge’s finally get comfortable, a fuse blows and they’re forced outside to reset their breaker. The loss of power is temporary, but with so many people using their air conditioners and fans to stay cool, many wonder if the power system in the Denver metro area will keep going.

Excel energy officials say it does put a strain on the system, but you don’t need to worry about rolling blackouts because the company owns its own power supply.

It’s good news for families like the Burge’s who continue to crank up their fans to escape the scorching heat.

Xcel Energy officials have some tips to keep your power bill down in this heat. Officials said you can save a quick 25 dollars just by raising the temperature on your air conditioner from 72 degrees to 78 degrees. Also, officials suggest using your appliances like your washer and dryer and dishwasher after 10:30 p.m.

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