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ERCOT asks Texans to consume less energy anticipating 'significantly high' demand

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SAN ANTONIO – Texas' largest electric energy manager is advising Texans to consume less energy early Wednesday morning in anticipation of a "significantly high" demand.

ERCOT, the group that manages electric energy for 90 percent of Texas, said it is expecting a peak in electric energy consumption between 7 a.m. and 8 a.m.

The cold winter weather has caused an increase in energy use because more people are using their heaters.

Here are some ways consumers can help conserve energy:

  • Keep your thermostat as low as comfortably possible, preferably no higher than 68 degrees.
  • Turn off and unplug non-essential lights and appliances.
  • Avoid running large appliances such as washers, dryers and electric ovens during peak energy demand hours (6 to 10 a.m. and 6 to 10 p.m. in the winter).
  • Close shades and blinds at night to reduce the amount of heat lost through windows, and open them during the day to let heat from the sun come in.
  • Businesses should minimize the use of electric lighting and electricity-consuming equipment as much as possible.
  • Large consumers of electricity should consider shutting down or reducing non-essential production processes.