PUC encourages electricity conservation

July 28, 2008 12:27:43 PM PDT
The Public Utility Commission of Texas is designating a yellow conservation alert this week for higher than normal temperatures and a potential record electricity demand for the month of July.The PUC asks customers to be thoughtful about electricity use to prevent unnecessary demand.

On yellow days, extra conservation measures are urged because electricity shortages may occur during peak usage hours between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Customers are encouraged to reduce their electricity use as much as possible by:

  • Turning off all unnecessary lights, appliances, and electronic equipment.
  • Closing blinds and drapes that get direct sun, setting air conditioning thermostats to 78 degrees or higher, and using fans to cool the air when at home.
  • Setting air conditioning thermostats to 85 degrees when away from home and turning all fans off before you leave.
  • Not using your dishwasher, laundry equipment, hair dryers, coffee makers, or other home appliances.
  • Avoiding opening refrigerators or freezers more than necessary.
  • Using microwaves for cooking instead of an electric range or oven.
  • Setting your pool pump to run in the early morning or evening instead of the afternoon.

    Yellow alerts are declared for days where temperatures statewide are expected to be extremely hot, leading to record or near-record electricity consumption.

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