Chelan County PUD
Chelan County PUD is asking customers for help to lighten the load on the power grid if temperatures continue to drop during this extended cold snap.
If low temperatures drop to zero or below, PUD customers are asked to:
Demand is typically less during the morning on weekends when schools and offices are closed.
There is plenty of electricity to meet demand during this cold snap, said Kirk Hudson, Utility Services managing director. The concern is the strain on distribution system equipment caused by a long stretch of below-zero temperatures, Hudson said.
If customers can cut back on power use when temperatures drop below zero, it reduces the load on distribution equipment which is delivering higher than normal amounts of power for an extended time, Hudson said.
“It’s a precaution,” he said. “When temperatures drop into the minus range, if everyone can trim their use of electricity just a little, it could help prevent a power outage.”
Tips for saving energy during the winter, protecting against frozen water pipes and preparing for a power outage are posted on the PUD’s Web site at www.chelanpud.org . Look for the links under “Cold Weather Alert.”
To help save energy:
To protect water pipes:
If there is a power outage:
For more energy saving tips, call the Conservation Department at 661-8008 or visit the PUD’s Web site at www.chelanpud.org and click on “energy conservation” on the left side of the home page.
If you are a Chelan County PUD water customer with questions about your service, call 661-4254.
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