Power company asks residents to conserve electricity
NV Energy is urging its Northern Nevada electric customers to conserve electricity 2-9 p.m. today and Wednesday in order to offset energy supply issues caused by record-breaking heat throughout the Western United States.
Conservation is the best way to reduce strain on the local power grid.
The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for Western Nevada with temperatures in Minden expected to hit 97 degrees today.
“We understand that many of our customers are home during this time due to the pandemic, and appreciate any small changes they can make to reduce their energy use today,” said NV Energy Vice President of Transmission Josh Langdon. “By conserving energy together we will help prevent the current Western United States energy supply shortage from escalating into a more serious reliability problem.”
Effective measures to conserve energy during this time period include:
Turn off lights
Turn off pool pumps
Unplug appliances not in use
Avoid using large electrical appliances such as dishwashers, washing machines and electric clothes dryers
Adjust the thermostat to 78 degrees or higher to reduce the use of air conditioning during this time, barring any medical issues, and use ceiling fans to cool people and pets. Pre-cool your home prior to 2 p.m.
Keep the refrigerator and freezer closed as much as possible
Close window coverings to keep the heat out
Do not charge electric vehicles between 2 and 9 p.m.
For more information about the current status of the company’s electric system visit nvenergy.com, or follow NV Energy on Facebook and Twitter.