Texas will be seeing some of the coldest temperatures in decades over the weekend and into next
week. ERCOT has issued a watch for extreme cold weather conditions and a warning of high energy usage stresses to
With the colder weather and possibly freezing rain and even snow in some areas, downed power lines and electricity generation shutdowns are always a possibility. Also, with so many people staying home from work and school, your electricity use will likely be higher than forecasted. Especially for those with electric heat - your usage will definitely increase, which will impact next month's bill.
Here are a few things you can do to prepare and keep your usage increase to a minimum:
- Protect your pipes by wrapping them with insulation. Also, leave faucets dripping and pools running so water won't freeze and crack the pipes. And don't forget about your sprinkler system - drain them if you can.
- Cover your outdoor plants and provide adequate shelter for outdoor pets, if you can't bring them inside.
- Keep your thermostat as low as comfortably possible. Lowering your thermostat by a single degree or two can save energy, which in addition to saving you money can also potentially prevent outages in your area.
- Avoid running large appliances such as washers, dryers, and electric ovens any more than necessary. You should also turn off and unplug non-essential s and appliances.
- Stop drafts. Plastic sheeting can help with windows. Caulk gaps if you have time. Towels or blankets can help keep out the cold at the bottom of doors.
- If you are using a space heater, make sure it is plugged directly into a wall outlet and placed on non-carpeted flooring and three feet from anything that can burn. Never leave a heater unattended or on while sleeping.
- Stay away from downed power and utility lines. Even if they are not sparking, they could be energized and extremely dangerous. Never drive over a downed power line!
- Keep mobile devices charged to use in an emergency. Before an outage occurs, locate the reporting number or website for your regional TDSP so you can have information readily available.
|CenterPoint Energy||1-800-332-7143||Outage Tracker|
|ONCOR Electric Delivery Company||1-888-313-4747||Outage Tracker|
|Texas-New Mexico Power||1-888-866-7456||Outage Tracker|
|AEP Texas||1-877-373-4858||Outage Tracker|
Posted on: 2021-02-12 01:15 PM (CST)