Time to conserve electricity

Posted on 01. Aug, 2012 by

The Electric Reliability Council of Texas Inc. (ERCOT) has asked consumers and businesses to reduce electricity use today during the peak electricity hours of 3 and 7 p.m. High temperatures have people reaching for the air conditioning controls, and that puts a strain on the state’s electric load. ERCOT manages flow of electric power and schedules power on an electric grid.

Yesterday, electric demand on the ERCOT grid peaked at 65,790 megawatts, which set a new July record. The previous record was July 27 of last year.

Here’s some information ERCOT suggests for conserving electricity:

  • Turn off all unnecessary lights, appliances and electronic equipment
  • When at home, close blinds and drapes that get direct sun and set air conditioning thermostats to 78 degrees or higher, and use fans in occupied rooms to feel cooler
  • When away from home, set air conditioning thermostats to 85 degrees and turn all fans off befor you leave.
  • Do not use your dishwasher, laundry equipment, hair dryers, coffee makers or other home appliances during the peak hours of 3-7 p.m.
  • Avoid opening refrigerators or freezers more than necessary.
  • Use microwaves for cooking instead of an electric range or oven.
  • Set your pool pump to run in the early morning or evening instead of the afternoon.

You can get real time emergency alerts by following ERCOT on Twitter (http://twitter.com/ercot_iso).

And as for that heat, the temperature at the writing of this blog in Decatur is 105 degrees, with a high today expected to top out as high as 108. And the same high temperature is in the forecast for tomorrow, with highs exceeding 100 for the rest of the week.

So stay cool, and conserve that electricity.

By the way, for those interested in learning more about making their homes more energy efficient, thus saving energy and money, Oncor will be holding an informational event 5-7 p.m. next Wednesday (Aug. 8) at the Decatur Civic Center.

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