EL CENTRO – While having adequate power supplies to cover its customers’ needs, Imperial Irrigation District is asking customers to conserve energy where possible. This is in light of the current strain being placed on the electrical grid because of severe cold weather across the United States that is depleting supplies of natural gas.
“We have enough natural gas and oil to supply our needs; however, the extreme cold weather is impacting natural gas supplies to Southern California power plants and reducing electricity generation. By practicing energy efficiency, our customers will help increase the stability of the grid as a whole,” said Marc Printy IID’s energy systems operations manager.
In light of the heavy demand for energy in areas affected by the cold front, the district is being asked to reduce the amount of power fueled by natural gas during this period.
Following are several easy efficiency tips:
· Use extra blankets and sweaters to stay warm and lower your furnace thermostat by three to five degrees (health permitting).
· Limit use of non-essential gas appliances, fireplaces and spas.
· Reduce your water heating usage—use less hot water, turn down the water heater thermostat and/or insulate your water heater.
· Set your thermostat to 68 degrees or lower during the winter months.
· Insulate your home by sealing up cracks and plugging leaks to prevent heat from escaping through windows or doors.
· Use a power strip for electronics and turn it off when not in use.
· Limit the use of appliances during peak hours of the day. Shift the use of washing machines, dishwashers, vacuum cleaners and other heavy appliances to evening hours.
· Turn off lights and equipment when they are not in use.
· Replace incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescent lamps or LED bulbs wherever appropriate.