ERCOT Urging Consumers to Reduce Electricity Use

ERCOT Urging Consumers to Reduce Electricity Use
The Electric Reliability Council of Texas, Inc. (ERCOT), system operator for the power grid that serves most of Texas, is asking consumers and businesses to reduce their electricity use.
Consumers can help by taking the following steps, especially during peak demand periods (3-7 p.m. during summer).

During hot weather:

  • Turn up your thermostat 2-3 degrees from 3 to 7 p.m.; set programmable thermostats to higher temperatures when no one is home.
  • If home, use fans to feel 4-6 degrees cooler.
  • Set pool pumps to run early morning or overnight; shut off from 4 to 6 p.m.

During any weather:

  • Turn off and unplug non-essential lights and appliances.
  • Avoid using large appliances, especially during peak demand hours (6-9 a.m. and 4-8 p.m. during winter and 3-7 p.m. during summer) or the hours specified in the conservation appeal.
  • Businesses should minimize the use of electric lighting and electricity-consuming equipment as much as possible.
  • Large consumers of electricity should consider shutting down or reducing non-essential production processes.

For more information, visit ERCOT's website at