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ERCOT urges Texans to conserve energy again due to tight reserves

Posted at 3:38 PM, Aug 15, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-15 16:42:22-04

TEXAS — ERCOT has issued another statement asking customers to conserve energy use due to tight reserves.

On Tuesday, ERCOT issued a similar statement as high temperatures across the state created a record-setting demand for energy.

ERCOT is asking customers to again reduce their use between 3 and 7 p.m.

ERCOT recommends the following steps be taken:

  • Increase thermostats 2 to 3 degrees
  • Program thermostats at a higher temp when not at home
  • Use a fan, it can lower temperatures by 4 to 6 degrees
  • Use appliances less (dishwashers, washers and dryers) or only in the morning hours.
  • Run pool pumps in the early morning or overnight hours and shut them off between 4 to 6 p.m.
  • Keep blinds and drapes closed during the hottest part of the day.

Texans can find more information on how to conserve your energy use by visiting one of these sites, [] or track electricity demand, peak times, view forecasting information, visit [].

Follow ERCOT on Twitter at @ERCOT_ISO, or on Facebook at "Electric Reliability Council of Texas." ERCOT also has a mobile app you can install from the Apple App Store or Google Play. To receive ERCOT's EmergencyAlerts, go to [].