Electric Reliability Council Officials Urge Resident to Conserve Energy


POSTED: Monday, August 29, 2011 - 3:18pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, August 30, 2011 - 7:13am

After a weekend of record setting temperatures and another in the triple digits Monday, conserving electricity is crucial, according to Brownsville PUB.

The Electric Reliability Council of Texas, which guides our local utilities board when it comes to energy conservation, expects that at some point through Tuesday, the Lone Star state will hit an all-time peak demand for electricity.

So what does that mean for you?

The more people cranking up the air or using excessive electricity could lead to a power grid failure, more specifically, a statewide black out.

Conserving electricity is crucial. Officials ask that residents in Brownsville limit energy usage from 3-7pm through Tuesday.

ERCOT suggests several ways to limit electricity usage.

Conservation Tips:
* 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 make it 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 PM to 7 PM.
* 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.



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