Texas State Updates: Energy Conservation

Help Texas beat the heat:
Conserve during peak hours

From the Texas State University Facilities Department

Texas has been experiencing extreme high temperatures above 100 degrees Fahrenheit for over 70 days. The forecast for the last days in August ranges from 100-108 degrees. This extreme heat is expected to create high electricity demand across the state, including Central Texas and San Marcos. The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), the system operator for the state’s bulk transmission grid, is asking consumers and businesses to reduce their electricity use during peak electricity hours from 3 to 7 p.m. daily until the extreme temperatures break.

Texas State offices and the campus community need to do their part to reduce electric consumption during this time to lessen the potential for rolling blackouts. The Facilities Department is implementing internal measures to reduce electric use. Texas State also needs your help to reduce our power consumption on campus.

Texas State offices are conserving energy through the following initiatives:

  • Increase space temperature settings to 75 degrees starting at 3 p.m.
  • Turn off unnecessary lights.
  • Minimize the use of electric equipment and appliances 3-7 p.m.
  • Minimize the use of elevators.
  • Schedule high electrical energy use processes during off-peak periods (i.e. after 7 p.m. or early in the morning).
  • Make sure building exterior doors and windows are closed.
  • Avoid opening refrigerators or freezers.
  • Turn off personal appliances, such as coffee pots, coffee mug warmers and radios.
  • Turn off or “sleep mode” computers, printers and copiers when not in use and minimize use 3-7 p.m.

You can conserve energy at home in the following ways:

  • Shut off unnecessary lights and electrical appliances 3-7 p.m.
  • Delay running laundry and dishwashing appliances and other electric devices, like hair dryers and coffee makers, until after 7 p.m.
  • Avoid opening refrigerators or freezers.
  • Use microwaves for cooking instead of an electric range or oven.
  • At home, close blinds and drapes that get direct sun; set air conditioning thermostats to 78 degrees or higher; and use fans to cool the air.
  • When away from home, set air conditioning thermostats to at least 85 degrees and turn all fans off before you leave. Reduce solar heating by closing blinds or drapes on windows.

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