Higher temperatures are likely to increase the amount of electricity used–or demand placed on the electric system–and higher wholesale electricity prices may be a result.

The Electric Reliability Council of Texas, which oversees 90 percent of the state’s power grid, said they, "expect to have sufficient generation to meet customer demand this summer,” but projections for hotter summer weather and increased demand could test that.

If the reserve margins become too tight, which could happen on hot days, ERCOT will release emergency conservation requests. If those requests don’t help lighten the load on the state electric system, ERCOT is forced to implement rotation outages.

Even if nothing inside your home has changed, your home’s cooling system has to work harder to maintain the temperature inside. Reducing your electric use is the key for lower electric bills and reducing the chance for rotation outages. Keep these tips in mind:

· Set your AC to 78 degrees or higher when you are home and increase that when gone.

· Use fans to cool yourself, but turn them off when you leave the room.

· Close window coverings to keep heat out.

· Do laundry after 7 p.m. and hang it out to dry when possible.

· Critical conservation times is between 3 and 7 p.m., or the hottest part of the day.

By conserving electricity, especially between the hours of 3 and 7 p.m., you will use less electricity and end up paying less on your bill. You will also be helping to reduce the overall demand for power.

Medina Electric Cooperative will send text alerts on days power use is expected to be high. Although we recommend to conserve electricity all the time, the days on which text alerts are sent are considered more critical conservation days. This program will take place during June through September. If you would like to receive conservation text alerts from Medina EC, text ENERGY to 830-423-5032.

For more information and energy saving tips visit MedinaEC.org or email MyCoop@MedinaEC.org.