January 24th , 2014 10:00 am Leave a comment

TVA calls on users to ‘chill out’ – voluntarily

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Photo by Bryan Stevens
A wet, clinging snow coated branches during one of the recent afternoon snowfalls at the higher elevations in Carter County. These snowy pines border a pond along Simerly Creek Road in Hampton.

A frigid air mass once again has the region tightly in its grip and the Tennessee Valley Authority is appealing to local power providers and individual power users to conserve electricity until Friday afternoon.

Elizabethton Electric Department General Manager Rob Toney said conservation call was “all voluntary” at this point, and was requested by TVA because power demand is expected to be higher than normal.

Because of the concerns, the EED and other local power providers are asking all electric customers – residential, commercial and industrial – to voluntarily reduce their electricity use until Friday afternoon.

“It is simple things that people can do to lower their energy use, like turning off lights and appliances they aren’t using,” Toney said.

Some things electric customers can do to reduce their energy use – and lower their electric bills – include turning down the thermostat, postponing use of electric appliances like dishwashers, dryers and cooking equipment until after peak times and turning off nonessentials lights, appliances and other electric equipment.

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