Cold weather means a heavy strain on the system
Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro are advising customers on the island portion of the province to do what they can to take steps that will conserve electricity today and tonight, due to what it calls a 'high peak' because of the weather.
"Given the extreme cold conditions, Hydro is forecasting a very high peak load this evening and tomorrow morning," they said in a release. Nalcor's VP Corporate Relations, Dawn Dalley, says “We are asking customers to assist us by reducing, where they can, their electricity usage during peak times.”
The conservation is to take place between 4:00pm and 8:00pm on Thursday and between 7:00am and 10:00am on Friday. By doing this, Hydro says it will assist them meet the needs of all its customers on the island.
Ways you can help with the conservation, they say, are:
-Reducing electric heat by a few degrees
-Conserving hot water by not running dishwashers, washers and showers
-Avoid using clothes dryers
-Turning off Christmas lights
Wind chill temperatures are expected to exceed -40 degrees tonight in some areas.