People in Texas are being asked to not use their air conditioning during this extreme heatwave.
They have been asked by the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) to not use their AC and to conserve as much energy as possible…
Despite residents experiencing extreme heat.
ERCOT has asked residents to “reduce electric use as much as possible” by setting thermostats to 78 degrees or higher, unplugging unused devices and avoiding using large electric appliances, like pool pumps and washing machines,” CBS reports.
Their request comes as power supplies across the state are low due to many forced generation outages and record demand.
As per CBS, Woody Rickerson, ERCOT vice president of grid planning and operations, said in a statement:
“We will be conducting a thorough analysis with generation owners to determine why so many units are out of service. This is unusual for this early in the summer season.”
The eye-opening request comes just months after Texas experienced cold weather so severe it was deemed one of the worst natural disasters in the states history.
The cold weather caused ERCOT to suffer system failures which saw wind turbines frozen and limited supplies of natural gas.
During that difficult time back in February, ERCOT was forced to shut down power for millions of homes for days.
Eventually, the lack of power caused more than 100 deaths, many of which were because of hypothermia.
And, just to add the cherry on top of the cake, Texas senator Ted Crus decided to escape the devastation by taking a beach vacation in Cancun, Mexico.
Let’s hope the people of Texas will manage to find ways to stay cool during these unbearable temperatures!