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Posted on: February 14, 2021

[ARCHIVED] Energy Companies Request Limited Use From Customers

Atmos Energy and Oncor have urged customers to reduce energy consumption during the winter storm. Oncor has asks for reduced consumption to avoid brownouts and rolling blackouts.

Atmos Energy and Oncor have urged customers to reduce energy consumption during the winter storm. Oncor has asks for reduced consumption to avoid brownouts and rolling blackouts.

Atmos Energy Urges Texans to Reduce Energy Consumption During Severe Weather

 

Midland, TX – Feb. 14, 2021 – Below freezing temperatures and near blizzard conditions will continue for several days, and Atmos Energy is focused on providing safe and reliable service to its most critical customers including homes, hospitals, churches, and other human needs organizations. Underscoring the necessity for everyone in the community to conserve energy, Texas Governor Greg Abbott requested a Federal Emergency Declaration from the White House to make additional resources available. Industrial sized business customers who have been asked to curtail their natural gas usage are urged to comply, and we can all help by taking small steps to support our community. 

 

Take these steps to reduce energy usage now:

 

·         Businesses and large utility consumers should minimize energy usage as much as possible.

·         Lower your thermostat to at least 68 degrees. Consider wearing additional layers of clothing and turning down the thermostat even lower. 

·         Lower the water heater temperature to 120 degrees, because it can account for as much as 25 percent of the energy consumed in your home.

·         Reduce shower time and avoid baths. Showering accounts for about 40 percent of your home's hot water use.

·         Unplug electronic devices and turn off lights that are not in use. By conserving electricity, you are also helping to conserve natural gas which keeps the power on.

·         Refrain from using large appliances like your washer, dryer, oven, and dishwasher for the next few days. When in use, limit opening the oven door to prevent wasted energy.

·         Keep your fireplace damper closed unless a fire is burning. Leaving the damper open is like keeping a window wide open – warm air goes right up the chimney! 

·         If you have a pool, do not use the pool heater. Instead, run your pool pump during the coldest part of the day to circulate the water and prevent freezing.

 

Atmos Energy reminds customers to heed the guidance of local leaders and stay alert to changing weather conditions in their area. Our “all hands on deck” teams are working to provide safe and reliable service, and we appreciate your patience during this historic weather event. In addition to reduced energy usage, please remember these ways to stay safe at home:

 

  • Never use an oven or a gas stovetop to heat your home.
  • Protect natural gas meters. Natural gas meters are weather-proof; however, to ensure that the meter keeps working smoothly, remove snow and ice from natural gas meters with a broom or brush. Never kick or chip snow and ice away with a hard object. 
  • Minimize the risk of frozen pipes. Leave faucets running at a trickle, leave cabinet doors open, and close all doors and windows to keep heat inside.

If you think you smell gas, act fast!  Leave the area immediately and from a safe distance call 911 and the Atmos Energy emergency number at 866.322.8667.


Message from Oncor

Echoing from ERCOT: Due to record-breaking electric demand and reduced power generation as a result of the extreme winter weather, all Texans are asked to reduce their electric use as much as possible Sunday, Feb. 14 through Tuesday, Feb. 16. Even small steps, such as turning down the thermostat to 68 degrees, turning off and unplugging non-essential lights and appliances, and avoiding the use of large appliances like washers, dryers and dishwashers, can help make a difference. 

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