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OKLAHOMA CITY -- Darkness for miles was the reality for 670 million people in India less than 48 hours ago.

The power grid failed, taking away electricity for nearly two days.

"Our equipment is running 24 hours a day seven days a week. Anything we can do to alleviate that stress on the equipment is what we want to do," says Brian Alford spokesperson for OG&E.

Here in Oklahoma, OG&E is asking all customers to conserve energy.

With 800,000 customers on its grid the company expects to break megawatt records any day now.

"It's not out of the question that we might set one today or next week it just depends upon the heat. We've been itching ever so close to the 7,057 record which we set last summer." Alford said.

Alford says simple tips will help families and businesses reduce consumption and save money along the way.

"The first place to start is with the thermostat. If you turn it up a few degrees that's helpful." says Alford.

Other tips include keeping blinds and drapes closed, avoid cooking as well as drying clothes in the heat of the day.

Officials also say using ceiling and box fans will actually make a room feel six degrees cooler.

Customers on the Smart Grid last year saved $50 a month on average.

OG&E doesn't expect to have any issues with its grid but says in this heat, it's better to be safe than sorry.

Resident Brandon Williams says, "People don't realize how much we waste and that adds up. We need to try to conserve as much as possible so we can have a lasting sources and not take those things for granted."