Wednesday, January 7, 2015

EMEPA Prepares for Extreme Cold Temperatures

As extreme winter temperatures are forecast for East Mississippi
Electric Power Association’s service area this week, EMEPA members are encouraged to take the proper precautions in order to prepare for the possibility of severe winter weather. Winter weather can be very hazardous, and we encourage all members to take the proper safety precautions.

When using emergency heating equipment and kerosene heaters, maintain ventilation to avoid a build-up of toxic fumes and always refuel outside the home. Vehicles should be fueled and in good repair with adequate antifreeze. Insulate pipes with insulation or newspapers and plastic and allow faucets in unheated areas to drip a little during cold weather to avoid freezing. EMEPA also encourages members to check on neighbors, friends and family during extreme winter conditions. And remember to provide pets with a warm place to take shelter from the extreme cold.

EMEPA personnel have reviewed and checked devices and equipment in preparation for the cold temperatures, which will result in a significant load increase to the system. EMEPA wholesale power supplier transmission systems are in good shape and ready to handle the added load. In anticipation of the load increase, EMEPA’s wholesale power provider to Winston and Kemper counties, Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), is requesting a voluntary reduction in electricity use. All of TVA’s available generating resources are being used to meet the peak power demand, and the voluntary reduction will help ensure a continued supply of power to essential services throughout the service area.

Members can reduce their power consumption and save energy by turning down the thermostat just a couple degrees. Lowering the temperature just one degree can result in a savings of up to 3 percent. Postpone using nonessential electric appliances such as dishwashers, dryers, cooking equipment, appliances, electronics, nonessential lights and other electrical equipment.

Additional winter weather energy saving tips can be found at EMEPA.com.

“We encourage members to use the power they need to stay safe and warm, but need what you use,” said EMEPA CEO Wayne Henson.

For more safety and energy efficiency information, visit www.emepa.com. To report an outage or downed power line, call EMEPA at 601-581-8600.

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EMEPA is an electric distribution cooperative serving more than 36,500 families and businesses in Winston, Kemper, Lauderdale, Clarke, Attala, Neshoba, Newton, Noxubee, Jasper and Wayne counties.