Libraries open as weekend cooling centers by city of San Antonio

Cooling centers available to public during normal business hours

San Antonio libraries are doubling as cooling centers during this weekend's heat wave. KSAT's John Paul Barajas talks to residents utilizing the cooling centers about how they're beating the heat.

SAN ANTONIO – The city of San Antonio has opened their libraries as cooling centers this weekend for residents needing shelter from the heat, a press release said.

The announcement comes after six power facilities of the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) went offline on Friday, and the state’s main power grid operator is now asking residents across the state to conserve power this weekend.

The city said the cooling centers are available to the public during normal business hours. VIA Metropolitan Transit is offering fare-free trips to and from cooling centers as long as they remain open. Area residents can click here to visit the San Antonio Office of Emergency Management website, for both a map and a listing of the cooling centers.

CPS Energy is also encouraging customers to conserve their energy at home, by following this guide:

  • Set thermostats 2 to 3 degrees higher from 2 – 7 p.m.; set programmable thermostats to higher temperatures when no one is home. The optimum energy-saving temperature is 78 degrees.
  • Avoid using large appliances (i.e. ovens, washing machines, etc.), especially during peak demand hours.
  • Use fans to feel 4 to 6 degrees cooler. Remember: fans cool people by moving air across the skin. They don’t cool rooms and should be turned off in empty rooms.
  • Set pool pumps to run early morning or overnight; shutoff from 4 – 6 p.m.
  • Turn off and unplug non-essential lights and appliances.
  • Close shades and blinds on windows exposed to direct sunlight.
  • Charge electric vehicles after 9 p.m.

You can find locations and hours of operation for the cooling centers by clicking here.

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About the Authors:

Ben Spicer is a digital journalist who works the early morning shift for KSAT.

John Paul Barajas is a reporter at KSAT 12. Previously, he worked at KRGV 5 in the Rio Grande Valley. He has a degree from the University of Houston. In his free time, he likes to get a workout in, spend time on the water and check out good eats and drinks.