TVA asks customers to conserve electricity use during cold snap
The current cold snap has one local utility asking customers to do what they can to help ease the high demand for electricity.
TVA has notified Cleveland Utilities it is enacting step 10 and step 20 of its Emergency Load Curtailment Program. This program includes an appeal to all Cleveland Utilities' customers to immediately reduce non-essential electricity usage as muchas possible through the duration of extreme cold temperatures.
Customers are being asked to refrain from using hot water from electric water heaters, washing clothes and dishes, and using any non-essential lights and appliances. Electric heat pump thermostats should also be lowered by one to three degrees during this time when possible.
Cleveland Utilities says it is also contacting larger commercial and industrial customers to minimize usage within their respective facilities.
Reductions in electricity use can help avoid interruptions of service during peak demand.
Peak power demand is expected to occur Tuesday night as temperatures are forecast to drop into single digits.
This extreme cold weather is expected for several days, and the prolonged cold period will result in higher electricity use.
Consumers can reduce their power consumption by:
- Turning down the thermostat. Lowering the temperature just one degree can result in a savings.
- Postponing using electric appliances, such as dishwashers, dryers and cooking equipment.
- Turning off nonessential lights, appliances, electronics and other electrical equipment.
Additional tips for saving on your power bill and reducing electric demand can be found on TVA's EnergyRight Solutions website.