PUB is no Longer Urging Customers to Conserve Energy

Friday, February 11, 2011 - 9:34am

Brownsville PUB is no longer urging every customer to conserve energy this time around since this cold front isn't as serious as last week's.

This cold front sure is a chilly one but it doesn't compare to last week's. We didn't experience any freezing rain which helped keep the power in our homes. According to the Public Utilities Board in Brownsville, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, who dictates the calls for energy conservation, lifted all conservation restrictions.

"We don't have any restrictions on the valley or statewide as far a plea for reductions of consumers to reduce their demand."

During last week's arctic blast, PUB hit a record during the times of 6 to 9 a.m. causing many to lose power in homes and businesses. This week however, no record was set.

"We were well under that, based I think, primarily because the temperature didn't come down as quickly as it did the last time, didn't catch us by surprise."

What helped keeping the power on this week is the effort by Brownsville residents. PUB Assistant General Manager, Fernando Saenz, says many people conserved a lot of energy which was what the electric company urged its customers to do. Although PUB isn't urging residents to continue conserving energy, Saenz advises that conserving energy helps everyone in keeping the power on.

"The best thing that you can do is, like yourself, dress warm inside your home. Also, lower your thermostat between 65-68 degrees. That helps quite a bit on the system demands."

The air conditioner's strip heat or the coils that run around inside your air conditioner unit consumes the most energy in a home and when everyone has that heater on, the demand is quite high, often times creating a power surge. But again, more power outages are very unlikely this time around.

"We’re not expecting any precipitation that causes the icing of our lines with this cold front, so I’d say that really is a big help for our system."

Again, one of the biggest ways to conserve energy is to turn down that thermostat and wear warm clothes while at home.

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