Tips on conserving energy during polar plunge

Here are some tips on how to conserve power, energy, and water during the winter storm.

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VICTORIA, Texas – We are all experiencing the winter storm, also known as polar plunge, on a national level.

As power outages go on, here are some tips to help you conserve energy, and help prevent a second outage when the power comes back on.

  • Turn off all unnecessary lights, use natural light during the day
  • Close blinds and drapes, during late afternoon, be strategic with window-coverings
  • Unplug any electronic device you are not using, especially if it’s connected to a power-strip
  • Take some time to ditch electronics, limit screen time (instead read a book or do an art craft)
  • Recycling old television set or any unused electronics
  • Be efficient with refrigeration and weekly clean out your fridge
  • Turn the thermostat down 2-to-3 degrees
  • Set programmable thermostats to lower temperatures when no one is home (or turn it off altogether)
  • Limit the use of large appliances (i.e., dishwasher, washer, dryer, etc.) or don’t use at all for now
  • If you cook indoors from 2-to-8 p.m.,  use a microwave or slow cooker
  • Try eating packaged food that doesn’t require heating until 1 hour after restoration happens

For water conservation, here are some attainable tips:

  • Taking shorter and timed showers
  • Turning off water when washing hands, shaving, and brushing teeth
  • Try arranging a time to fix any leaky faucets, contact maintenance team, or handy worker
  • Pause your laundry until power is back to normal, once you can wash again, do so in full loads
  • Try using the cold cycle or tap cold (if clothes material allows it) & hang dry your laundry
  • Skip the heat/dry option for the dish washer

Some tips taken from BC Hydro Power Smart, 21 tips: no-cost ways to save electricity (bchydro.com)

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