Having been without power from 9:30 p.m. last night to 6:30 a.m. this morning causing the inside temperature to be 50 degrees this morning, this does matter.
Gas heat won't work without electricity to fun the blower.
Too cold to take a shower & no power to run a hair dryer. Dressing by candlelight & flashlight is not romantic.
On Wed, Feb 2, 2011 at 12:58 PM, <alammey@...>
To everyone living in Texas from Dallas to Galveston: The Electricity Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) is urging all consumers who can reduce their energy consumption to do so at this time. Severe weather has led to the loss of more than 50 power generation facilities - more than 7,000 Megawatts, and additional units are continuing to trip offline due to the extreme cold temperatures. ERCOT Grid Operations has asked the utilities/transmission providers to implement rotating outages until the load is reduced through conservation and restoration of generation units. Conservation is very critical at this time to reduce the load on the system. One megawatt is roughly enough electricity to power 200 homes. Its really just as simple as turning off lights, waiting to do laundry, powering down any electronics or products that don't need to be on at this time. Please spread the word.
Alan M. Lammey
Energy Analyst & Consultant
"In every culture and in every medical tradition before ours, healing was accomplished by moving energy." Albert Szent-Gyorgyi, Nobel Laureate in Medicine