Consumers urged to conserve energy
Article was added on Thursday, February 19, 2015
demand for electricity in S.C. predicted Friday morning - consumers
urged to conserve energy in their homes.
low temperatures across South Carolina tonight will put heavy
demand on the electricity grid as consumers use more energy to keep
For the state's electric
cooperatives, electricity demand Thursday morning during the peak
use hours of 6-9 a.m. approached all-time records. Energy
Friday morning is
predicted to increase, possibly creating historic demands for
"The demands on our power
systems overnight could be unprecedented," said James Lamb, senior
vice president of planning and power supply at Central Electric
Power Cooperative, which provides wholesale electricity to all 20
of the South Carolina's member-owned
temperatures throughout today combined with bitter cold tomorrow
morning create conditions for record use of power.
Governor Nikki Haley
asked residents to use as little electricity possible to lessen
strains and stress on the state's power supply systems.
state will experience the
coldest weather of the season with wind chills near zero degrees,
and we encourage everyone to manage through this challenge
together," Gov. Haley said Wednesday.
The Arctic air mass that
invaded South Carolina Wednesday evening did not create disruptions
in the delivery of electricity by electric
cooperatives. Power planners hope
can proactively conserve
power over the next 24 hours to maintain service
all of us follow a few simple steps to conserve energy, the
benefits are substantial," said Mike Couick, president and CEO of
The Electric Cooperatives of South Carolina. "Lowering the
thermostat overnight or taking a quick morning shower are two
simple ways consumers can help decrease the high demand that's
Carolina's electric cooperatives suggest consumers follow these
steps to use less electricity:
non-essential internal and external lights
non-essential appliances and devices
on 68 degrees or lower
showers or baths than normal. Electric water heaters use
significant amounts of power.
- Ensure heating
vents are open and unobstructed
- Limit use of
major power-consuming equipment such as dishwashers, clothes
washers, and dryers from 6-9 a.m.
Consumers interested in learning additional ways to conserve
energy and lower their electricity use will discover money-saving
ideas at www.togetherwesave.com.
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