LINCOLN — Lincoln Electric System asks customers to take steps to conserve energy due to current and future low temperatures that cause increased electricity and natural gas usage. The higher usage is creating extremely high wholesale electricity and natural gas prices. These factors, along with reduced output from wind in the region to provide renewable energy, have prompted the utility to ask residential and business customers to take measures to reduce energy use.
LES closely monitors its electrical system conditions at a local and regional level to maintain reliable service. The extreme cold and rising price of natural gas are currently causing a strain on the utility’s electrical generating resources and other utilities in the region. To help lower the electric system load, LES asks customers to voluntarily implement the following tips to help reduce their use during this time.
How LES customers can help
- Lower your thermostat a few degrees or as low as is comfortable.
- Make sure air registers are not obstructed by furniture, carpeting or drapes.
- Open shades and drapes on sunny sides of your home or business during daytime hours. Close them at night.
- Keep windows tightly latched. Seal windows and external doors with weather stripping.
- Close the fireplace damper when not in use to avoid losing heat through the chimney.
- Do not use a wood-burning fireplace for supplemental heating, as it pulls hot air out of a home through the chimney to fuel the fire.
- If using a portable space heater, turn down the central heating thermostat to offset the energy being consumed by the space heater.
“LES appreciates everything our customers can do to cut back their use of electricity,” said Jason Fortik, LES vice president of Power Supply. “In the long run, every conservation effort by every customer reduces the cost to everyone.”
For additional information on ways to conserve energy, see our energy-saving tips.