I got the text about an hour ago from Entergy, the big energy company down here:
We request limited electricity usage due to present extreme cold weather immediately, including turning off electric water heaters and lowering heating thermostats [sp] settings. Insufficient reductions may require temporary interruptions of electric service. We apologize for this inconvenience and are working to restore our system to normal grid operations as soon as possible.
So, after reading that, I thought it was a good idea. I didn’t even think about the fact that it meant no hot shower tonight, but I tend not to take one every night, anyway, so there. But I also thought of other ways I could cut the electric usage during this time. I swore I wasn’t gonna do any laundry or run the dishwasher til the power grid was up (those do suck up the most energy around here, other than the A/C, which definitely ain’t gonna get used).
I went to the breaker box and cut off the water heater, dishwasher, washer and dryer. My thermostat’s been around 62 or 63 degrees, so I’m a bit chilly, but in layers and compensating nicely with blankets, so I let it be. I didn’t want it anywhere near 68, because then after coming in with the dogs from outside, it feels way TOO hot and I don’t feel good at the drastic change.
I wonder how many others will cut off some appliances and the like for the evening, or maybe next few days. As I’m at home and can’t go out to volunteer or really help anyone, I’m just gonna keep informed and do the best I can here. I tend to use minimal lights in the house anyway (got oodles of windows so daytime is generally taken care of with maybe a lamp or two on cloudy days). The only lights I have on belong to the aquariums, the bird space in the kitchen, my living room (where I’m typing) and my grow-lights I turned on for my seed trays. Outside lights are on just for safety, in case a neighbor needs something, and they don’t have to bust their ass on the ground in the dark.
Ooh, now Entergy’s asking it to go til at least midnight so the system doesn’t crash from overloads while they try to bring more systems online. KTRK-13 just reported it as I was typing this.
For those who can, do what you can. Fingers crossed this gets resolved quickly for everyone, because there’s more to come.