National Grid requests a reduction in electricity use

workers continue to make repairs on power lines in Northtowns
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Buffalo, N.Y. (WBEN) For the second straight day, National Grid is asking customers in parts of Snyder, Amherst, Eggertsville and in an area near the Buffalo VA Medical Center to continue to reduce unnecessary electricity use as crews work around the clock to repair damaged electricity equipment at nearby substations. The request is being made as a precaution and includes a second call in as many days to about six thousand customers in the impacted areas requesting reduced usage.  

“Electrical equipment can sometimes become stressed on the hottest summer days,” said National Grid Regional Director Ken Kujawa. “Adding to the stress the network experiences during such oppressively hot days is increased energy load, such as pool pumps and air conditioning units, which consume a lot of energy. With temperatures forecasted to be in the 90s, conserving energy and maintaining system reliability is important as we repair our equipment.

National Grid recommends some simple customer actions to help reduce demand on utility equipment and maintain system reliability.

•During daylight hours, draw blinds, shades, drapes to prevent the sun from making your home too hot.
•Control your home’s temperature with a smart thermostat –Whether you’re on vacation or on the go, a Wi-Fi enabled thermostat allows you to control your home’s temperature from your smartphone, tablet, or laptop. Customers can use the technology to preset and adjust temperatures remotely, which could help lower energy bills by up to $180 a year.
•Slightly increase air conditioner settings, change filters –The lower you set your air conditioner temperatures, the more costly it is to operate. For example, a 75-degree setting will cost about 18 percent more than a 78 degree setting. Be sure to choose a temperature that doesn’t compromise your comfort. Also, check your window air conditioner filter and replace or clean it if it is clogged. If your home has central air conditioning, check the furnace filter and replace it if it’s dirty.
•Temporarily turn off your pool pump –Pool pumps are one of the largest consumers of household energy, second only to the air conditioning unit.•Use oscillating fans, which consume less energy than air conditioners.•Delay the use of hot water applianceslike dishwashers and washing machines.
•Turn off lights when they are not needed.
•Unplug electronics to reduce phantom load –Phantom load refers to the way electricity is drawn from electronic and electric devices when they are turned off.An advanced power strip on your entertainment system can turn off power to peripheral devices, reducing phantom load all year long, and saving up to $60 annually.