AEP encourages residents to conserve electricity for first two weeks of August

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RIO GRANDE VALLEY, Texas — Due to destruction caused during Hurricane Hanna, AEP is asking Rio Grande Valley residents to conserve power during the beginning of August.

According to AEP, they are rebuilding a two-mile stretch of a 138-kV transmission line in Edinburg that was damaged during the hurricane.

The damage sustained leaves the area’s electric grid in a strained situation, thus AEP Texas is launching a conservation effort across the RGV from August 1 to August 14.

AEP hopes that this conservation effort will decrease the chance that the Electric Reliability of Texas will order rotating outages across the area.

Below are tips from AEP on how to help with conservation:

  • Turn the thermostat up two to three degrees during the peak hours of 2 to 8 p.m.
  • Set programmable thermostats to higher temperatures when no one is home.
  • Use fans to feel four to six degrees cooler.
  • Limit the use of large appliances (i.e., dishwasher, washer, dryer, etc.) to morning or after 8 p.m.
  • If you cook indoors from 2 to 8 p.m., use a microwave or slow cooker.
  • Close blinds and drapes during the late afternoon.
  • Schedule pool pumps to run in the early morning or overnight hours; shut off between 2 and 8 p.m.

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