Electric co-ops ask customers to reduce electricity use

MARION, IL (KFVS) - Several electric cooperatives in southeast Missouri and southern Illinois are asking customers to minimize their use of electricity from noon until 7 p.m. on Thursday.

The Midwest Interconnection System Operator (MISO) has forecasted a generation shortfall within the MISO operating area between noon 7 p.m. Thursday.

MISO has requested the voluntary load reduction due to the hot, humid weather, to help ensure reliable generation of delivery of electricity throughout the Midwest.

Reducing the electric usage can minimize the impact of this electric power shortage and help keep costs down.

These tips come from Citizens Electric Coop:

  • Set your thermostat at the highest comfortable temperature—76 degrees or higher—and keep it there. If you have window air conditioning units, keep them on the highest temperature setting. Use fans to keep air moving.
  • Postpone the use of major appliances, such as clothes dryers and dishwashers, until late in the evening or early in the morning.
  • Turn off all unnecessary lights, unplug any computers, television sets, stereo equipment and other appliances that may be on but aren't in use.
  • Close drapes and blinds on the sunny side of the house.
  • Keep the doors to your refrigerator and freezer closed as much as possible.
  • Make sure the filter on your air conditioner is clean and vents are clear of furniture or other objects that might block air flow.
  • Use your microwave instead of a conventional oven.
  • If your water heater runs on electricity, limit your use of hot water.

Southern Illinois Power Cooperative (SIPC), Egyptian Electric Cooperative Association, SouthEastern Illinois Electric Cooperative, Inc., Southern Illinois Electric Cooperative, Monroe County Electric Cooperative, Tri-County Electric Cooperative, Clinton County Electric Cooperative, Clay Electric Cooperative, and Citizens Electric Corporation issued the request.

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