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NES urges customers to save energy during heatwave

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WSMV) – As temperatures continue to hit record highs this week, Nashville Electric Service has asked customers to continue to help reduce high demand on the electrical system during the ongoing heat wave by conserving energy.

The Tennessee Valley Authority has asked customers to voluntarily reduce their electricity usage as summer heat is expected to continue in the area throughout the week. Residential and commercial customers have been asked to do so as a precaution.

“TVA creates buffers in our system planning to help ensure the power grid remains stable and secure during times of high demand, even with the increased load and economic growth seen in the pandemic recovery,” said said Sylvia Smith, Vice President of Client Services, NES. “Our power grid is still able to meet demand during this time, but this voluntary energy conservation request will help us continue to provide safe and reliable power to Nashville.”

TVA said customers can help in several ways:

  • Set your thermostat to less than 78 degrees. Use ceiling fans to circulate air in your home and reduce the temperature you feel when you’re in a room.
    • Remember to turn off a fan when you leave the room. Fans cool people, not rooms.
  • Postpone chores that involve electrical appliances, such as dishes and laundry, to peak hours (10 a.m. to 8 p.m.).
  • Use the microwave instead of the oven to cook your meals.
  • Turn off lights when you leave the room and unplug unused electronics.
  • Keep garage doors closed as much as possible. This will help prevent hot air from entering your home.
  • Keep curtains and blinds closed on the sunny side of your home to block out heat while opening blinds on the shady side to provide natural light without raising the temperature.

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