Cold Snap

The electrical grid is working hard to keep everyone warm during a record-breaking cold snap this week.Wenatchee under a blanket of snow We anticipate that peak energy demand in Chelan County this week may set a new record for the utility. The current record -- 491 megawatts – was set the morning of Jan. 5, 2017, when temperatures were -1 Fahrenheit.

Here are some tips to prevent your electric bill from getting out of hand during this cold spell AND help reduce stress on the electrical system:

  1. Cozy up with a sweater, not the thermostat. Turn your heat down 1-2 degrees, or the lowest temperature you are comfortable with, and put a sweater and/or blankets on yourself.
  2. Let the sun in during the day but close your drapes at night. Take advantage of that solar heat gain but eliminate the heat loss after the sun goes down.
  3. Heat where you are. If using baseboards or zonal heating, only heat parts of the home that you will be using.
  4. Check your water heating settings. Do not have the thermostat set above 125 degrees.
  5. Eliminate drafts from doors. Use a door draft stopper/guard or just a blanket to prevent unwanted heat loss. Minimize how often you are going in/out of your home.