Western Farmers Electric Cooperative (WFEC), a generation and transmission cooperative based in Anadarko, Oklahoma – AEC’s power source, has requested the public to conserve electricity, beginning today, Monday, Feb. 15, and for the following 48 hours to help mitigate any potential problems. The call for conservation was prompted by the continuing frigid weather conditions.
Cooperative customers in this region are encouraged to conserve electricity or natural gas, which will help ensure their safety and the integrity of the regional grid. Demand for electricity is expected to increase as the extremely cold weather lingers for the next several days. WFEC and AEC are asking members to conserve electricity, if health permits, by taking a few simple conservation steps, including:
· Setting thermostats lower than usual.
· Postponing use of major electric appliances such as stoves, dishwashers and clothes dryers until mid-day or after 9 p.m., when the demand for electricity decreases.
· Turning off electric lights and appliances that you do not need or are not using.
· Unplug unused small appliances; these draw electricity even when turned off
Please do your part in lowering the demand of the power grid. Conserving electricity today will help bolster system reliability and ensure that adequate power supplies remain available during the extreme weather conditions already being experienced and expected over the next couple of days.