Huntsville Utilities issues cold warning, asks customers to conserve

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On Wednesday morning, WHNT News 19 received the following news release from Huntsville Utilities, asking customers in the Tennessee Valley to conserve energy over the next few days.

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HUNTSVILLE UTILITIES – NEWS RELEASE
TVA & HUNTSVILLE UTILITIES ASK CUSTOMERS TO CONSERVE
Wednesday, February 18, 2015 – 9:30 AM

Through the Tennessee Valley Authority’s (TVA) implementation of their Emergency Load Curtailment Program, TVA and Huntsville Utilities are asking customers to reduce their use of electricity as much as possible beginning at 3:00 PM this afternoon (Wednesday) and until further notice. Voluntary reductions are needed to help ensure the continued supply of power to essential services throughout our electrical system and the entire Tennessee River Valley.

Saving power in cold weather doesn’t require drastic action. Simply turning down your thermostat a single degree can save up to 3 percent on electric power use. HU and TVA ask that all residential and commercial/industrial customers cooperate in reducing power usage by doing the following: reduce or postpone using electric appliances such as dishwashers, dryers, and cooking equipment; reduce the use of HVAC units by adjusting thermostats; turn off non-essential lighting and other equipment. Reducing consumption during peak times in the morning (5:00 AM to 9:00 AM) and evening (4:30 PM to 9:30 PM) is the best way to help.

While no major problems are anticipated, anytime an electric system endures high demand during extreme cold temperatures, equipment can fail and as always, HU will be ready to respond. In the event of an electric outage, please turn off your heating system. Once service has been restored, wait 10 to 15 minutes before re-starting your heating system. Please do not resume unnecessary usage until power has been completely restored. A slow return to normal usage will assist HU crews in maintaining stability throughout the entire electrical system and reduce the possibility of continued or additional outages.

Huntsville Utilities is a publicly-owned, not-for-profit utility serving 177,000 electric; 91,000 water; and 50,000 natural gas customers in Madison County, Alabama.