LG&E: Cut back usage to conserve energy


by WHAS11.com


Posted on January 6, 2014 at 11:41 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jan 7 at 7:10 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – Louisville Gas and Electric is asking customers to start conserving energy due to extremely high usage.

They say the power usage is so high that it’s a serious situation and the demand on LG&E’s system is record breaking,

The utility company says they are taking proactive steps to prevent outages by asking you to voluntarily cut back over the next several days.

Here are some tips from LG&E to help you conserve energy:
•    Dial back your thermostats   
•    Turn off unnecessary lights, appliances and supplemental devices (space heaters)
•    Open registers to help heat the home   
•    Use extra blankets to add layers   
•    Open blinds during the day to allow the sun to heat the home naturally   
•    Use a slow cooker or microwave opposed to a stove

LG&E said it is operating as normal, but is hoping to lessen the increased demand on their system. Its crews are also on standby 24/7 ready to treat outages and other problems caused by the weather.

Shelby Energy has also asked customers to cutback. “We are asking consumers to reduce their use of electricity to alleviate the strain on the electric system,” said Debra Martin, President & CEO.

“We are asking people to turn off non-essential lighting, adjust thermostats and avoid the use of dishwashers, washers, dryers and other electrical equipment especially during the hours of 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.”