TENNESSEE VALLEY (WHNT) – The Tennessee Valley Authority has asked electric power customers to conserve energy through the day and night until Friday afternoon. Huntsville Utilities has also made the request.
There’s a large usage of power during these cold temperatures and the utility asks customers to help by reducing power usage during this critical situation.
Here are some ways to reduce usage:
- Postpone use of electric non-essential appliances such as dishwashers, dryers and cooking equipment
- Reduce the use of HVAC units by adjusting thermostats – lowering the temperature just one degree can result in a savings of up to 3 percent
- Turn off non-essential lights, appliances and other equipment
Huntsville Utilities said it does not anticipate major problems, but anytime an electric system endures frigid cold, equipment can fail. Huntsville Utilities crews were busy during the frigid cold period earlier this month restoring several power outages, and will be ready to respond again.
If you do have an outage at your home, please turn off your heating system. Once your power is restored, please wait approximately 15 minutes before re-starting your heating system. A slow return to normal usage will assist HU crews in maintaining stability throughout the entire electrical system and reduce the possibility of additional outages.
For the region, TVA said the peak power demand for Thursday is expected to occur in the evening when regional temperatures are forecast to drop into single digits and electricity demand is projected to exceed 31,000 megawatts. Another peak demand will occur Friday morning when electric loads are expected to peak around 33,000 megawatts. In comparison, demand was just below 32,500 megawatts during the height of the cold wave on Jan. 7, 2014.