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TVA Asking Customers To Reduce Power Usage

TVA Asking Customers To Reduce Power Usage

CREATED Jan 23, 2014

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP/NewsChannel 5) - The Tennessee Valley Authority is asking customers to reduce their power usage in an effort to deal with subfreezing temperatures that are causing a high demand for electricity across the southeast.

TVA said in a statement that it expects demand to peak Thursday night and again Friday morning. The nation's largest public utility said it is using all generating resources to meet the demand.

TVA said its bulk electric system remains secure and stable, but any reductions in usage can help ensure a continued supply of power and avoid interruptions of service.

TVA is asking customers to reduce usage through Friday afternoon. TVA said turning down your thermostat one degree can help save up to three percent on your bill.

Additionally, Nashville Electric Service and the Cumberland Electric Membership Cooperation have advised consumers to conserve electricity. 

The TVA recommended these tips for conserving electricity:

  • Postpone using electrical appliances such as dishwashers, dryers and cooking equipment.
  • Eliminate the use of heating systems as much as possible.
  • Turn off all non-essential lights, appliances and other electrical equipment.

The utility supplies power to about 9 million people in Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi, Kentucky, Georgia, North Carolina and Virginia.

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