Generation outage prompts Xcel to urge customers to conserve - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

8/3/10

Generation outage prompts Xcel to urge customers to conserve

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By Michael Slother - email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - A damaged power station and extreme heat has Xcel Energy asking customers to cut power usage. "We have limited generation resources that are going to provide some challenges to us in the next 24-36 hours and so were just asking our customers to be diligent in their power usage," said Preston Langford, with Xcel Energy.

There are many things you can do around your home right now to help conserve while the generation station is out of service. Shutting your blinds may not seem like much, but it goes a long way. It keeps heat out of your home and stress away from your air conditioner.

In a time where resources are limited, Xcel is asking customers to turn up their thermostat. "For instance, were asking folks to turn their thermostat up to 78 degrees if they're going to be home and bump it up to 85 if they're not," Langford said.

If you leave a room, remember to turn the light off. Look for appliances that are plugged in or charging from the wall. Those devices are still using energy, costing more money, and taking available energy from other customers on the same power grid. "If they're charging laptops, charging phones, charging iPods and all different types of things maybe consider unplugging those devices from the wall," said Langford.

People use the most electricity between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. Langford suggests waiting to do housework until after peak times. "Put away some of those household chores like vacuuming, washing clothes, and some of those things until after 7 o'clock in the evening"

While Xcel hopes to have everything back to normal in the next 24-36 hours, these tips can be used year round to save you money and conserve energy. "It's not about one person doing a whole lot its about a whole lot of people doing a little that adds up," Langford said.


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