Residents are asked to conserve electricity during peak hour after ERCOT issued a level 1 Energy Emergency Alert.
Officials are watching the power reserves state wide due to the high levels of energy usage during the hottest times of the day.
“If conditions continue to deplete state power reserves, ERCOT may mandate rotating outages across the state,” according to a social media post by Guadalupe Valley Electric Cooperative.
Officials encourage community members to reduce electrical use during the hours of 3 to 7 p.m. including raising thermostats and use fans to help circulate air, according to ERCOT’s website.
Other tips include setting pool pumps to run early in the mornings or overnight, turn off or unplug non-essential lights and appliances, avoid using large appliances — i.e. washing machines and ovens.
Businesses are advised to “minimize these of electric lighting and electricity-consuming equipment, and large consumers of electricity should consider shutting down or reducing non-essential production processes,” the site stated.
For more information about the alert or potential outages, visit ercot.com .