ERCOT Keeping Close Eye on Valley's Electric Usage

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WESLACO – A state agency reported the Rio Grande Valley broke a record for peak demand energy use in June.

The Electric Reliability Council of Texas manages the electric flow for about 24 million Texans. They said they’re keeping a close eye on the Valley for now.

ERCOT suggested people can start conserving to make sure there’s sufficient power later.

CHANNEL 5 NEWS asked American Electric Power about ways you can conserve.

Daniel Lucio, external affairs manager at AEP, said one of the most factors is managing your thermostat.

“Seventy-eight degrees are the recommended temperature setting when you’re at home. When you’re at work or away from home, we recommend you raising it to 85 degrees. You’ll save about 3 percent on your air conditioning cost for every degree,” he said.

Along with saving money, Lucio said you’ll conserve energy too.

Peak electricity hours are between 3 and 7 p.m. Lucio said you can conserve more if you can hold off until after 7 p.m. to run large appliances like washers and dryers. 

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