UNIONDALE - With another heat wave expected to settle over Long Island later this week, LIPA officials say they are prepared to handle increased electricity usage.

LIPA Chief Operating Officer Michael Hervey says it has more than enough capacity to meet the projected peak so people shouldn't be afraid to turn up their air conditioners if they need it to be comfortable and safe.

"We may get up around 5,500 megawatts or so," he says."An average summer day will be around 4,700."

Hervey urges residents, however, to conserve where they can.

Long Islanders living without an air conditioner wasted no time getting one ahead of the heat wave. Chris Parolisi, a manager at P.C. Richard & Son in Carle Place, says his store has sold about 1,000 air conditioning units just within the last week, and it is getting more in stock almost every day.

The utility says it has extra crews on hand 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to deal with any potential outages.