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CLEVELAND (WJW) — FirstEnergy is asking for help conserving energy this holiday weekend as temperatures remain solidly below freezing across Ohio.
“PJM Interconnection, the electric grid operator for the region, is asking that customers take proactive steps to conserve electricity until 10 a.m. tomorrow, December 25,” the company said in a statement, noting that energy use is up at this time due to weather and people gathering.
The company says it may have to take “additional measures if necessary, which may include the potential for short, rotating customer outages”[ads1]; if residents do not work to reduce energy use.
To stave off power outages, FirstEnergy suggests setting home thermostats at lower temperatures, closing blinds and curtains and turning off all non-essential electrical items, which it says includes holiday lights. People are also asked to refrain from using appliances such as dishwashers, tumble dryers and stoves.
“Acting now to reduce demand for electricity can help offset the need for further action later,” FirstEnergy said.
Those with questions are encouraged to call FirstEnergy.
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