The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), grid operator for most of Texas, is asking electric consumers to limit or reduce electricity use where possible during the 3-7 pm peak demand hours today and tomorrow – July 30 and 31, 2015. Electric demand this week has reached three consecutive July records. ERCOT has said this is a precautionary measure to help ensure overall reliability during this high-demand period can be maintained.
In response to today’s ERCOT alert, we urge you to reduce your use by setting your thermostat to 78 degrees today and tomorrow. Tweet us at @DirectEnergy using hashtag #78DegreeChallenge, for the chance to win a pre-paid $250 gift card. (Terms and conditions apply).
What does this mean for you?
Reducing your use, especially during the late afternoon and early evening hours, is expected to help ensure reliability throughout the ERCOT grid.
How can you help?
Our customers can help ensure the system is able to continue serving current power needs by taking the following steps to reduce demand on the system during the 3-7 pm peak demand hours.
- 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 to cool the air.
- 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, coffeemakers, or other home appliances during the peak hours of 3 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 late evening, not during peak demand hours.
Let’s start saving, Texas!