AUSTIN, Texas (FOX 7 Austin) - UPDATE: The EEA has been canceled, says ERCOT.
The Electric Reliability Council of Texas is asking residents in Central Texas to reduce their energy use until 7 p.m. on Tuesday, August 13.
ERCOT has declared an EEA1, or energy emergency alert.
Energy conservation is needed, according to ERCOT.
Here are some easy tips for conserving energy:
- Turn thermostat up 2 to 3 degrees during the peak hours of 3 to 7 p.m.
- Set programmable thermostats to higher temperatures when no one is home.
- Use fans to feel 4 to 6 degrees cooler.
- Limit use of large appliances (dishwasher, washer, dryer, etc.) to morning or after 7 p.m.
- If you cook indoors from 3 to 7 p.m., use a microwave or slow cooker.
- Close blinds and drapes during late afternoon.
- Schedule pool pumps to run in the early morning or overnight hours
There are no rotating outages at this time.
The ERCOT region includes the urban load centers of Houston, Dallas, Fort Worth, San Antonio and Austin, as well as most of West Texas, portions of the Panhandle and the Rio Grande Valley.