HIGH TEMPERATURES SET NEW ALL-TIME SYSTEM-WIDE PEAK DEMAND RECORD

Implementing energy-saving tips will help minimize the impact on energy bills. 

San Antonio, Texas – August 13, 2019 – Yesterday, CPS Energy set a new all-time peak for energy use with 5,109 MW up from its previous peak usage of 5,080 megawatts (MW) that was set on July 23, 2018. The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) reported a new all-time system wide peak demand record, reaching 74,531 MW. For reference, 1 MW is enough energy to power about 200 homes for one hour during the hottest part of a Texas summer day.

With temperatures expected to soar this week and into next, customers are encouraged to take key actions to reduce their use throughout the hottest part of the day, between 3-7 p.m.  Typically, a spike in electric consumption is seen during this time of day when area temperatures reach their highest and most people are returning home from work. 

These tips will help keep energy usage low and minimize the impact on energy bills.

  • Set thermostats between 78-80 degrees and bump it up a few degrees when away from home
  • Use fans in occupied rooms
  • Turn off all lights and appliances, and unplug electronic equipment when not in use
  • Close blinds and drapes in rooms that get direct sun
  • Discontinue the use of appliances such as the dishwasher, washer and dryer during peak hours
  • Grill outside in the evening instead of using the stove or oven      

Customers who have a Manage My Account (MMA) profile can see their energy consumption online through our My Energy Portal. Through this portal, customers can access additional energy savings tips and see how changes in the weather impacts their energy use. Customers who have a smart meter can see their energy usage on a daily basis and in fifteen-minute intervals.

Additionally, CPS Energy is reminding customers to keep safety in mind and only take energy-saving measures as health permits.   

For more energy saving tips and energy saving resources, visit cpsenergy.com/tips. Get CPS Energy news as soon as it happens. Subscribe to our Newsroom and follow CPS Energy on social media.

Trace Levos

Trace is a part of the Corporate Communications team at CPS Energy.

Trace Levos

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