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ERCOT Warns to Conserve Electricity During Cold Snap

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When cold weather strikes, electricity usage often spikes. That's what happened Monday morning, prompting the Electric Reliability Council of Texas to give warning.

ERCOT implemented a Stage 2 alert to protect the power grids, and although they do not expect to implement rotating outages, they are asking that people help keep electricity usage levels to a minimum.

They ask that you keep your thermostat as low as is comfortable, preferably no higher than 68 degrees. Turn off and unplug non-essential lights and appliances, and avoid running large appliances such as washers, dryers and electric ovens during peak energy demand hours, from 6-9 a.m. and 4-8 p.m.

You should also close shades and blinds at night to reduce the amount of heat lost through windows.