This week's cold snap has Manitobans using a lot more electricity than usual, according to the province's power utility.
Manitoba Hydro says Manitobans are staying warm this week by keeping their furnaces and electric heaters on high and plugging in their car heaters at night.
It has resulted in peak energy consumption that could set a record this week, says Hydro spokesman Glenn Schneider.
"We certainly have reached a period where our consumption is quite high and, in fact, we've probably reached a new record in terms of peak load for the province," he told CBC News on Thursday.
Schneider said total consumption has been running at about 4,500 megawatts. The last such spike was in 2009, when more than 4,400 megawatts were consumed.
But Schneider added that Manitobans shouldn't worry about any power shortages.
"Plug in your block heater and make sure that your car's going to be running," he said.
"Of course, we have a lot of electrically heated customers and they would be using more than they have, probably, in recent winters."