Conserve Your Energy to Help the Lone Star State and ERCOT

Hey there, Texas!

It’s hot out there right now, and it’s going to stay that way for a few days. 100-plus degree temperatures have hit Texas again, so the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (also known as ERCOT) would like Texans to use less energy this afternoon from 2pm-7pm.

We’re Texans, too – we understand the impulse to use lots of air conditioning when it gets really hot. However, First Choice Power and ERCOT would really appreciate it if you could not crank your AC all afternoon and evening. And it’s really simple to help us: just bring your air conditioner temperature up to 78 degrees (or higher, if you’re feeling extra generous) during this peak demand time. Making this one little adjustment would really bring down the pressure being carried by the Texas energy grid.

Would you care to do even more? Excellent! Check out these tips to help conserve your energy provided by ERCOT:

  • Turn off any extra lights, appliances, and electronic you’re not using right now.
  • If you’re at home, close any blinds and drapes over the windows letting direct sunlight inside, push your AC thermostat to 78 degrees (or higher), and turn on a fan or two so the air can circulate.
  • If you’re not staying home, put your AC thermostat to 85 degrees, turn off all extra electronic devices, and close any blinds and/or drapes to help prevent the sun from getting in.
  • From 2pm-7pm, don’t use any high-demand home appliances like the dishwasher, washer, dryer, hair dryers, and electric coffeemakers.
  • Keep those refrigerators and/or freezers closed as much as possible.
  • Use your microwave for cooking, not your electric range and/or oven.
  • If you have a pool, only run your pool pump after sunset or before sunrise.

Thanks for doing your part to help the Texas energy grid!

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