As a member of a power pool, we have been asked to produce a bulk of our electricity using our own generation capacity. For the next several days, it will be CRITICAL that we all conserve our electricity as best we can to stave off potential blackouts brought on by the bitterly cold temperatures we are experiencing. If every home could conserve between 10-15% of their regular consumption, it would make a world of difference.
Governor Laura Kelly has issued a State of Emergency due to wind chill warnings and stress on utility and natural gas providers. As we all know, the state has experienced bitter winter temperatures and below zero wind chills for more than a week. This has put stress on utility and natural gas providers across the state.
Here are some tips on energy conservation:
- Keep warm, not hot. When possible wear additional layers of clothing, consider turning down your thermostat and check your programmable settings.
- Seal leaks around doors and windows. Apply weather stripping or caulk to seal gaps and cracks around windows and doors to stop air leaks and prevent energy loss. If that is not an option, you can also cover windows with towels, sheets or plastic to help keep the warm air in your house.
- Reduce the temperature on your water heater. Set the temperature on your water heater to 120 degrees Fahrenheit or put it on the “warm” setting. If your home will be vacant for two days or more, set the dial to the pilot position for even more savings.
- Close blinds and curtains. This helps keep warm air inside, especially if the sun is not shining.- Change or clean filters. A clean filter on your furnace can lower your energy consumption by 5 to 15 percent. Dirty filters cost more to use and overwork the equipment.
- Hold off on doing chores. Doing laundry and washing dishes can both use natural gas to heat the water and your dryer. If you can, wait until the extreme cold weather passes to complete these activities. If you cannot wait, use the cold setting where possible.
- Install foam gaskets on electrical switches and outlets. Electrical switches and outlets can account for up to 10 percent of your home’s energy loss.
To stay up to date on the City’s navigation of this critical power issue, please tune into our website, social media channels, and sign up for emergency notifications from the Miami County Sheriff’s Office “Everbridge Alert” system.