HASTINGS – The City of Hastings Utilities Department is asking residents to be mindful of their energy usage as the region experiences a severe cold snap.
Customers are using more electricity and natural gas because of the cold, and wind turbines in the region have not been producing as much energy over the past several days.
These combined factors have resulted in extra pressure on the energy market throughout the entire Southwest Power Pool, which covers a region spanning from north Texas all the way into Canada. In response to this, the Utilities Department is asking customers to take extra care with their energy consumption during this time.
Suggestions on how to conserve energy consumption include:
- Turn off lights when you leave the room or aren’t using them
- Turn off and unplug non-essential TVs, appliances, computers, and printers
- Dry items in your dishwasher simply by opening the door and not using a ‘high temperature’ option
- Use smaller appliances such as the microwave or toaster instead of the oven
- Take short showers instead of baths
- Open curtains and shades during the day on sunny sides of homes to let sunlight in
- Close curtains and shades at night to provide extra insulation