(WSYR-TV) — National Grid is asking customers in parts of northern Onondaga and southern Oswego counties to reduce electricity usage.
Customers in Brewerton, Bridgeport, Central Square, Cicero, Clay, Hastings, North Syracuse and West Monroe areas should reduce unnecessary electricity usage from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday.
The request has been made as a precaution while crews continue to make repairs to a local substation after equipment failure caused a brief outage for customers last night.
About 7,000 National Grid customers lost power Wednesday night due to a breaker failure at a substation on Mud Mill Road.
A National Grid spokesperson says electricity supply to the area is adequate, but heavy demand and high temperatures could potentially challenge the regional network as the work continues.
The company recommends several actions to help reduce demand on utility equipment and maintain system reliability.
- Draw blinds, shades, drapes to prevent the sun from making your home too hot.
- Slightly increase air conditioner settings, change filters – The lower your air conditioner temperature, the more costly it is to operate. For example, a 75-degree setting will cost about 18 percent more than a 78-degree setting. Set the thermostat as high as comfort will permit. In addition, check your air conditioner filter and replace or clean it, if necessary (note: for central air conditioners, check your furnace filter).
- Consider a programmable thermostat – You could save up to $180 annually by adjusting cooling temperatures when rooms are unoccupied.
- Turn off your pool pump – Pool pumps are one of the largest consumers of household energy—second only to the air conditioning unit.
- Fans use less energy than air conditioners.
- Delay the use of hot water appliances like dish washers and washing machines.
- Turn off lights when they are not needed.
Unplug electronics – Even though your electronics, like televisions and computers, are turned off they may still draw electricity. Unplug any unnecessary electronics and chargers. In addition, using an advanced power strip on your entertainment system will reduce “phantom load” energy consumption