CPS Energy prepares for freezing weather, offers tips to safely stay warm

Temperatures in 20s, 30s and 40s forecast for San Antonio

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SAN ANTONIO – With low temperatures forecast to dip into the 20s, 30s and 40s over the next several days, CPS Energy has crews on standby prepared to respond in the event of power outages.

“We are monitoring the weather and temperature, and our skilled crews are prepared to respond to all reports of power outages,” CPS Energy Chief Customer Engagement Officer Rudy Garza said. “With freezing temperatures and drizzle expected, we see increased potential for outages due to ice building up on our power lines and tree limbs increasing downed power lines. Our teams in the field and on the phones are standing by ready to help.”

Extreme cold weather conditions across the state could also require additional measures to ensure sufficient power generation capacity. CPS Energy is asking their customers to take note and implement some low-cost energy-saving measures. Although electric demand is expected to be well below CPS Energy’s capacity, customers can help minimize the impact on the Texas grid.

CPS Energy is offering the following tips to help customers to stay warm safely and manage their bills during cold weather.

  • Never use a stove/oven as a space heater.
  • Test smoke alarms to verify they are working in every bedroom, outside each sleeping area, and on every floor.
  • Test or install carbon monoxide alarms in a central location outside sleeping areas.
  • Keep flammable liquids and spray cans at least three feet from heating equipment.
  • When using a natural gas space heater, leave a window open a couple of inches for proper ventilation.
  • For additional safety tips, please visit cpsenergy.com/safety.

The utility is also offering energy-savings tips to help customers manage energy usage.

  • Set thermostat setting between 68–70 degrees.
  • Keep doors and windows closed to minimize hot air from escaping the home.
  • Wear warm, comfortable clothing to help stay warm indoors instead of adjusting the thermostat.
  • Run ceiling fans in reverse to help bring down warm air near the ceiling.
  • More energy-saving tips can be found at cpsenery.com/tips.

Residents are also urged to take care of the “4 P’s”: people, pets, plants, and pipes. It’s also recommended that outdoor water pipes be wrapped, drained, or allowed to drip slowly.

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