Customers Asked To Turn Off Air Conditioners; Conserve Energy

Power companies have asked customers to turn off their air conditioners for a pair of 30-minute breaks today to give the kilowatts a rest.

Cliff Feltham of Kentucky Utilities and Chip Keeling of the Louisville Gas and Electric Company are also asking the same rest periods for dishwashers and other appliances as near 100-degree heat continues to drive record levels of energy consumption.

Keeling says there is no concern that there won't be enough electricity.

He says seven states are joining in the power conservation.

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  • by Joe Location: Lexington on Aug 28, 2007 at 03:22 PM
    Good point JC, let's swing down by KU's big office tomorrow and see if they are shutting their air off.
  • by JC Location: Madison County on Aug 28, 2007 at 09:43 AM
    I sure bet the offices where these people work don't turn off the air conditioners there.
  • by LISA Location: KY on Aug 27, 2007 at 11:44 AM
  • by Al Gore Location: The Mansion on Aug 27, 2007 at 06:02 AM
    I'm must going to pay for Cooling credits and someone else will turn theirs off which will seem like I am turning mine off!
  • by Joe Location: Lexington on Aug 25, 2007 at 10:32 AM
    Angie - How about this. You turn yours off, and I'll leave mine on. That will be like both of us just using half. Sound good? Let me know.
  • by Charlie Location: Lexington on Aug 25, 2007 at 08:06 AM
    So our infrastructure is that bad? Are we not investing into upgrading our power facilities? This goes on every year. I have the digital thermostat and try to conserve but it never seems like it is enough. What is KU doing about upgrading the power facilities? I still haven’t seen of this on the news. And I tend to like KU. But I am starting to get frustrated.
  • by j Location: versailles on Aug 25, 2007 at 05:34 AM
    Let's just say 1000 people decided to turn their AC off at the same time. What is going to do to the power company when that same 1000 customers turn it back on at the same time. Wouldn't that be worse than just leaving them all on. Just turn them up a couple degrees. I also agree that the electric company should give discounts when the temps are lower, that would give people move reason to want to help out when the temps are higher.
  • by Trish Location: Corbin on Aug 25, 2007 at 05:06 AM
    I have small children at home and turning off the air conditioner is just not a possibility. KU needs to let customers know about other ways they can conserve energy such as changing incandescent light bulbs, hang drying clothes and waiting to run appliances such as dishwashers and washing machines until off peak evening hours. Additionally, schools and government offices that are not open on weekends should be required to turn off air conditioners or raise the thermostats significantly and turn off all lights except those required by fire codes.
  • by country girl Location: KY on Aug 24, 2007 at 08:47 PM
    yes, i agree turning the air off for 30 minutes will help because i turn mine off every morning for about an hour and it actually helps the unit run better but i also think that the electric company could conserve on a few things for instance are they aware of their guys that check the meters driving their ku or recc trucks to various places like playing bingo, or taking their wife out t eat on company GAS!!!
  • by Stephanie Location: Lancaster on Aug 24, 2007 at 08:38 PM
    Why does it have to be the air conditioners? Why cant we turn other things off instead? I, for one, will not give up my air. I will turn the TV off when I am not going to be watching it. I will try to keep as many lights off as possible. My air will stay on. It is too hot to suffer.
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