Energy Demand Could Be Record-Breaking Tues.

Posted On January 27, 2014

By Mike Perleberg

thermostat-wall-green(Undated) – With the overnight low temperature expected to reach -11 in the tri-state, many residents will have their HVACs and other heating sources working overtime to keep homes warm.

The frigid cold has the potential to make Tuesday a record-breaking day for energy demand, grid operator PJM Interconnection says.

PJM has requested that customers of all of its member utilities – they cover 61 million people in 13 states including Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky with 62,556 miles of transmission lines – do their best to conserve electricity. The company ensures the reliability of its power system in all states it covers.

Consumers are asked to conserve from 6:00 to 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 to 9:00 p.m., when demand is highest.

Suggested methods for reducing energy consumption:

-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 9:00 p.m., when the demand for electricity decreases.

-Turn off electric lights and appliances that you do not need or are not using.