Powering Down

The Electric Reliability Council of Texas is keeping up with the increase power demand, but wants you to conserve and ease up your energy load.

Heat is the main concern across Texas and Oncor is gearing up for the extreme weather.

Mike Nieto, Area Manager at Oncor, said, "It's really hard on our equipment. We have supplies stored up, we order extra transformers, we do routine maintenance, to prepare for hot weather."

Technicians are working daily on engergy lines and transformers, to make sure they keep up with demand.

"Customers turn on air conditioning when it's hot at night so their AC's are running 24 hours a day."

Nieto said customers also have to do their part. Oncor is asking all customers to lighten their engergy load whenever possible.

"Instead of coming in and turing that thermostat down to 68 degrees, we recommend 78 degrees." Nieto added, "Instead of turning off the lights you might open the blinds and use the sun to illuminate a room."

All energy users are being asked to reduce how much electricity they use during the hours of 3 to 7 in the evening.

Natalie Garcia,   Newschannel 6