Tacoma Power notes that this month’s cold snap could put a strain on its electrical system — and your power bill.
The utility issued a news release urging customers to be “cautious” in their use of power, particularly during peak times from 6:30 to 9 a.m. and from 5 to 7:30 p.m.
"Although Tacoma Power’s system can meet immediate needs, we are relying on our customers to be proactive to avoid potential problems on our electrical system," said Tacoma Power Superintendent Gary Armfield. "A couple of simple measures at home could significantly reduce the threat of outages on our system because of high demand."
Tacoma Power says customers can help reduce energy use by:
* Setting thermostats to no higher than 68 degrees when at home, and 65 degrees at night and while away during the day. For longer absences, customers should set thermostats at 55 degrees.
* Limiting the amount of power they use at peak times.
* Turning off lights in unoccupied rooms.
* Unplugging non-essential appliances and other electronic devices when not in use.
* Considering turning off holiday lighting – indoors and out – during peak times.