The blackouts might return: What you can do to avoid them

State power grid operators seem to the have the winter weather crisis under control for now, but they warn there may be a need to resume rolling blackouts tonight or tomorrow morning should power plants continue to go offline.

Here are some actions the companies suggest Texas customers take to reduce that chance:

  • Limit electricity usage to only consumption that is absolutely necessary. Turn off all unessential lights, appliances and electronic equipment.
  • Do not use your dishwasher, laundry equipment, hair dryer, coffee maker, pool pump or other home appliances between 6 a.m. and 9 a.m. or 4 p.m. and 8 p.m.
  • Reduce the opening and closing of refrigerators, freezers and doors.
  • When at home, open blinds and shades during sunny days to take advantage of the sun’s natural heat.
  • Turn your thermostat to 68 degrees or lower in the daytime and 55 degrees at night or when you’re away from home.
  • Minimize unnecessary travel. Traffic signals may go out of service, resulting in traffic jams.