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Aug 09

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Heat wave, drought to continue

In response to the unprecedented wave of scorching temperatures blanketing rainless Texas Governor Rick Perry has released the following statement:
“Because of the extreme heat that has created an unprecedented demand on the state’s energy grid, and will no relief in sight, all Texas residents and businesses are being asked to conserve energy,” he said.  “We are thankful to all state agencies, businesses and residences who have taken steps to reduce the demand on our energy grid during these extreme weather conditions.  Our supply is strong, but not unlimited, and I urge everyone to continue conserving energy over the weekend and next week, especially during the peak hours of 3-7pm, to help minimize the risk of outages.”
The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) and the Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUC) have advised electric consumers to take the following steps:
• Turn off all unnecessary lights, appliances and electronic equipment.
• While at home close blinds and drapes on windows that receive direct rays from the sun, set thermostats to 78 degrees or higher, and use fans in occupied rooms in order to feel cooler.
• When away from home set thermostats to 85 degrees, turn off all fans and close blinds or drapes receiving direct rays from the sun.
• Avoid using dishwashers, laundry equipment, hair dryers, coffee makers or other such nonessential appliances during peak hours of 3-7pm.
• Open refrigerators and freezers only when absolutely necessary.
• Use microwaves rather than electric ranges or ovens.
• Set pool pumps to run in the early morning or evening rather than the afternoon.
For more information on energy conservation and how to inexpensively beat the heat visit www.ercot.com or www.puc.state.tx.us.

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