image Got an interesting note from my energy company, Reliant, today:

In hopes of preventing rotating outages, The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) is asking everyone in Texas to do our part to conserve electricity, especially during peak hours of 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.

It’s as easy as following three simple steps:

  • Turn thermostats up two or more degrees and close blinds or drapes.
  • Before leaving home, set your thermostat to 85°F and turn off lights, TVs, computers, fans and other electrical equipment.
  • Run dishwashers, washers, dryers and pool pumps during off-peak hours, preferably after 7 p.m.

Those slightly older than me (read: old enough to be paying utility bills longer than me) say that this is very reminiscent of the 1980’s heat-waves the South experienced.