Extreme Cold Means It’s Time To Conserve Electricity

Posted at 11:02 AM, Jan 07, 2014
and last updated 2014-01-07 11:11:37-05

smart meter.jpegVALLEY FORGE, Penn. — Our arctic blast puts a strain on electricity suppliers, and it’s time to conserve, according to the operator of the power grid for thirteen states, including Michigan.

PJM issued a statement Tuesday morning that said the most important times to save energy during cold snaps is between 6 a.m. and 9 a.m. and between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.

“Conserving electricity on Tuesday will help ensure adequate power supplies,” said the company’s statement. Extremely cold weather causes an increase in electricity demand, it said.

The company had tips on how to save electricity in the coldest weather:

Set thermostats lower than usual, if health permits,
Postpone using major electric appliances such as stoves, dishwashers and clothes dryers until mid‐day or after 9 p.m., when the demand for electricity decreases, and