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Raising thermostat a few degrees could help save energy

Published: Jun. 16, 2021 at 5:21 PM CDT|Updated: Jun. 16, 2021 at 5:27 PM CDT
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WACO, Texas (KWTX) - The temperatures are toasty outside, and to help conserve energy, ERCOT is asking Texans to turn up their thermostats, but that may be a tough pill to swallow for some.

“When I heard about it, I got PTSD because I went back to the winter time when everything was getting shut down,” Lorraine Davis, a Killeen resident, said.

Davis said she typically keeps her thermostat pretty low, but she did raise the temperature some. However, she said she’s not turning it up to 78, like ERCOT recommended.

“I can’t do that,” Davis said. “I have other pets that get overheated, so I can’t do that.”

Local air conditioning company Rabroker said even if you don’t turn your thermostat up to 78, turning it up a few degrees while you’re at work can help. However, they don’t recommend turning it up too high.

“Once you get back and you bump that AC way down, your AC is going to run for a very long time to catch back up, because you’re having to cool down everything else within your home,” Bryant Plentl said.

Governor Greg Abbott talked about ERCOT’s call for conservation in Austin on Wednesday. He said the current situation is not an emergency.

“We didn’t enter into an energy emergency alert,” Abbott said. “It was just a conserve power if you can so we can make it through the couple of days that were needed.”

ERCOT said Texans should still conserve energy, especially between the peak hours of 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.

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