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CPS Energy asking customers to conserve energy through blistering cold front

CPS Energy says it is expecting to see high energy demand through the wintry weather.

SAN ANTONIO — CPS Energy says it is expecting high energy demand this weekend due to the wintry weather. The utility is encouraging customers to conserve energy while keeping warm.

Ahead of this arctic blast—CPS Energy says it has spent time on weatherization upgrades, anticipating that customers will be turning up the heat.

“So placing the temperature at 68 degrees, lower if you’re leaving home, but don’t turn that thermostat off, don’t turn the heating system below 60 degrees,” Christine Patmon, a CPS Energy spokesperson told KENS 5.

Also keep an eye on space heaters, and don’t use your stove or oven to heat up your house.

The utility discourages using appliances like washers and dryers—to avoid costs on the back end.

“If you can manage those large appliances and their uses over the next few days you can manage, you can better manage your energy bill,” Patmon adds.

CPS is also discouraging charging electric vehicles overnight. Instead, charge them during the day the utility says.

“Overnight we’ll have those freezing temperatures and that’s when the greatest demand will be on the system,” Patmon said.

CPS Energy, and ERCOT both expect to meet the demand for power this weekend. On Thursday evening, the demand for energy exceeded ERCOT's forecast by more than 10,000 MW.

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