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ERCOT urges Texans to conserve energy due to heat

Posted at 4:19 PM, Aug 13, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-13 17:32:05-04

TEXAS — ERCOT, The Electric Reliability Council of Texas, is urging Texans to conserve electricity use as high temperatures across the state create a record-setting demand for energy.

Customers are asked to especially reduce their use between the hours of 3 and 7 p.m.

“High temperatures have resulted in record electricity demand over the last few days and may result in a new record today,” said ERCOT President and CEO Bill Magness. “Consumers can help lower energy consumption by taking some simple actions between the hours of 3 and 7 p.m.”

Some of the steps ERCOT is asking customers to take include turning up thermostats 2 to 3 degrees, programming thermostats at a higher temp when not at home, using a fan, and using appliances less (dishwashers, washers and dryers) or only in the morning hours.

For those with pools, ERCOT says to run pumps in the early morning or overnight and shut them off between 4 to 6 p.m. Customers should also 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 [].