ERCOT: Conserve energy from 3-7pm today through Sunday

August 24, 2011 12:55:13 PM PDT
ERCOT, the Electricity Reliability Council of Texas, is asking residents and businesses to reduce electricity use from 3-7pm for the rest of the week and weekend. The request comes following record-high temperatures and high electricity usage.

"We're expecting more high temperatures Thursday and through the weekend, so we may have more emergency procedures later in the week and weekend," Kent Saathoff, vice president of grid operations and system planning. "Until we get a break in this extreme heat and record drought, we appreciate consumers and businesses conserving electricity as they are able, especially between 3 and 7pm."

ERCOT asks consumers to conserve in the following ways:

  • Turn off all unnecessary lights, appliances, and electronic equipment.
  • When at home, close blinds and drapes that get direct sun, 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 before you leave. Block the sun by closing blinds or drapes on windows that will get direct sun.
  • Do not use your dishwasher, laundry equipment, hair dryers, coffee makers, or other home appliances during the peak hours of 3 to 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.

ERCOT says businesses should minimize the use of electric lighting and electricity-consuming equipment as much as possible. Large consumers of electricity should consider shutting down or reducing non-essential production processes.

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