Tuesday, January 2, 2018

TVA Asking Customers To Conserve Power During Arctic Blast

Many across the Tennessee River Valley are trying to stay warm as temperature have plummeted into the single digits.

The Tennessee Valley Authority is asking those who live across the Tennessee River Valley to cut their energy usage. The voluntary curtailment request is due to the extremely cold temperatures.

With the holidays now over and demand expected to rise, TVA asks you to watch your usage specifically during the peak hours of 5:00 – 9:00 a.m. and 6:00 – 10:00 p.m.

Area utility companies are taking the request a step further asking customers to keep electric usage to an absolute minimum.

They ask you to turn off any unnecessary lights, as well as high-voltage appliances like washers and dryers as well as “extensive use of cooking appliances.”

TVA said in a Facebook post that customers might consider showering at night and besides not putting additional strain on the system, the customer could sleep a little later.

Local utility companies say they do not anticipate major problems, but anytime an electric system endures frigid cold, equipment can fail.