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In a win for people who spend daytime hours at home, Nevada is blocking utility companies from imposing higher rates during peak usage times.

The law, which went into effect May 28, will help people who rely on air conditioning during Nevada’s scorching summer heat. AARP Nevada pushed for passage of this first-in-the-nation prohibition on utilities imposing time-of-use rates on all residential customers.

The law allows consumers to opt in for such pricing, while sparing retirees, telecommuters, stay-at-home parents, shift workers and homebound people from having to choose between health-threatening heat and higher bills than their 9-to-5 neighbors receive.

To volunteer for the AARP Nevada Utility Watchdog Team, go to action.aarp.org/NVutilities.

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