ERCOT Power Warning, Asking Everyone To Conserve Electricity

Everyone is being asked to reduce electricity use.

The Electric Reliability Council of Texas initiated Energy Emergency Alert level 2 Thursday afternoon due to increase demand and record heat.

ERCOT says everyone can help reduce electric demand, by shutting off unnecessary lights and electrical appliances, minimizing the use of air conditioning and delaying laundry and other activities requiring electricity-consuming appliances until later in the evening.

Power Warnings are issued by ERCOT, when there is a high risk that rotating outages will be needed to reduce load.

Everyone is asked to conserve electricity from 3-7 p.m.

Here are some conservation tips you can do to reduce electricity usage.

When at home, close blinds and drapes that get direct sun, set air conditioning thermostats to 78 degrees or higher, and use fans in occupied rooms to feel cooler.

Avoid opening refrigerators or freezers more than necessary.

Use microwaves for cooking instead of an electric range or oven.