The Richmond Register

January 7, 2014

Utility asks customers to conserve energy

Register Staff Report

MADISON COUNTY — Kentucky Utilities is urging area residents to reduce their energy use to help decrease consumption during the current bout of cold weather.

The NWS forecasted Wednesday's high to be 33 with a wind chill as low as minus 2.

“Although LG&E and KU are successfully meeting the increased energy demand, the utilities are encouraging customers to take simple energy efficiency steps to help lower energy consumption during this cold snap,” the utility stated in Monday news release.

The company is asking its customers to:

• Adjust thermostat to lowest comfortable setting. If leaving for more than four hours, turn thermostat down several degrees.

• Reduce reliance on other heating sources

• Wear extra layers such as a sweatshirt or sweater

• Add extra blankets to the bed

• Close fireplace damper and doors when not in use unless using a gas fireplace

• Use draft stoppers for windows and doors

• Turn off all unnecessary lights and appliances

• Run dishwashers, dryers and washing machines only when full

• Open curtains, drapes and/or blinds in the daytime to let in sun’s heat and close them at night to retain the heat

• Make sure furniture or drapes are not blocking air registers

• Use a microwave oven or a slow cooker or prepare cold meals. Microwaves use less than half the power of a conventional oven and cook food in about one-fourth the time.