Power conservation alert ends
The Texas grid operator canceled its cold-weather electric conservation alert Friday an hour ahead of the scheduled noon expiration.
The Electric Reliability Council of Texas issued the alert Thursday afternoon, citing the forecast for freezing temperatures and generation reductions tied to natural gas supply limitations.
ERCOT said electric demand during the peak hours overnight was 56,673 megawatts, shy of the winter record demand of 57,277 on Jan. 7 – a day after the grid nearly faced rolling blackouts when demand approached available generation capacity.
“We are grateful for consumers’ support during the extreme cold that has increased the demand for power and limited generation capacity throughout the ERCOT region,” said Ken McIntyre, ERCOT vice president for grid planning and operations, in an agency news release.
“The steps consumers took to reduce demand on the power grid kept electric use below the records set earlier this year, and generation companies were able to provide sufficient generation to serve those needs.”
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Sealing air leaks with caulking and weather-stripping around windows helps keep out unwanted cold air.
Ceiling fans set at a slow speed with the blades angled down push warm air down from ceilings.
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Set your thermostat to 70 degrees or less, and several degrees cooler overnight. Lowering the thermostat by as little as one degree typically reduces heating bills by 5 to 6 percent.
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Turn computers and monitors off when not in use. Leaving computers on all the time can cost more than $100 per year on electricity.
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Closing heating vents in an unoccupied room can save as much as 10 percent on heating costs.
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Shut the door or try to minimize the number of times that doors to the outside are opened and closed. Each time doors are opened, cold air enters the house.
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Air dry dishes instead of using dishwasher's drying heater.
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Don't let heat go up the chimney. Make sure the fireplace flue is closed when not in use.
Make sure that walls and the attic are properly insulated. Adding fiberglass insulation in the attic is one of the most cost-effective savings measures.
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Wrapping water heaters with an insulated blanket can save $20 annually for a gas heater and $50 annually on an electric heater.