Power customers asked to conserve energy during bitter cold snap

Power Conservation

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – Customer of Lincoln Electric System (LES) and Nebraska Public Power District (NPPD) are being asked to conserve as much energy as they can as temperatures dip to dangerously lower numbers.

You are asked to not use any electricity or natural gas you don’t absolutely need.

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In a new release from LES, the company says “The extreme cold and rising price of natural gas are currently causing a strain on the utility’s electrical generating resources and other utilities in the region. To help lower the electric system load, LES asks customers to voluntarily implement the following tips to help reduce their use during this time.”

  • Set your thermostat at 68 degrees Fahrenheit during the day and 60 degrees at night or when you are away from home for more than four hours.
  • If you have a heat pump, set your thermostat back no more than 3-4 degrees.
  • Make sure air registers are not obstructed by furniture, carpeting or drapes.
  • Open shades and drapes on sunny sides of your home or business during daytime hours. Close them at night.
  • Keep windows tightly latched. Seal windows and external doors with weather stripping.
  • Close the fireplace damper when not in use to avoid losing heat through the chimney.
  • Do not use a wood-burning fireplace for supplemental heating, as it pulls hot air out of a home through the chimney to fuel the fire.
  • If using a portable space heater, turn down the central heating thermostat to offset the energy being consumed by the space heater.

“LES appreciates everything our customers can do to cut back their use of electricity,” said Jason Fortik, LES vice president of Power Supply. “In the long run, every conservation effort by every customer reduces the cost to everyone.”

LES says higher usage is causing very high wholesale electricity and natural gas prices. Add in reduced output from wind in the region to provide renewable energy, and it’s a situation only you can help with but taking conversation measures now.

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NPPS offered some similar tips:

  • Turn down thermostats to 68 degrees and lower at night.
  • Close shades and blinds to reduce the amount of heat lost through windows.
  • Turn off and unplug non-essential lights and appliances, computers and printers.
  • Close the fireplace damper when not in use to avoid losing heat through the chimney.
  • Avoid using large appliances (i.e., ovens, washing machines, etc.).
  • Businesses should minimize the use of electric lighting and electricity-consuming equipment as much as
    possible.
  • Do not connect a generator to your home’s electrical system. Consult a licensed electrician.
  • Do not use any grilling equipment for heat indoors. Charcoal and gas grills produce large amounts of
    carbon monoxide and even small amounts have potentially fatal results.

“Customers are asked to reduce any electrical usage effective immediately and through midnight, Feb. 15, and
the following 48 hours to mitigate the risk of potential widespread and longer-lasting outages,” NPPD said in a statement.

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