Gov. Rick Perry today made the following statement regarding the need to conserve energy as the state continues to experience record high temperatures:
"Because of the extreme heat that has created an unprecedented demand on the state's energy grid, and with no relief in sight, all Texas residents and businesses are being asked to conserve electricity," Gov. Perry said. "We are thankful to all state agencies, businesses and residents who have taken steps to reduce the demand on our energy grid during these extreme weather conditions. Our supply is strong, but not unlimited, and I urge everyone to continue conserving energy over the weekend and next week, especially during the peak hours of 3 to 7 p.m., to help minimize the risk of outages."
The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) and the Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUC) have issued the following conservation tips for customers:
* Turn off all unnecessary lights, appliances and electronic equipment.
* When at home, close blinds and drapes on windows that get direct sun, set thermostats to 78 degrees or higher, and use fans in occupied rooms to feel cooler.
* When away from home, set thermostats to 85 degrees, turn off all fans, and close 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.
For more information from ERCOT and PUC, including a daily peak demand forecast and current load please visit http://www.ercot.com or http://www.puc.state.tx.us.