FirstEnergy asks customers to conserve power

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CLEVELAND (WJW) – FirstEnergy is asking for help to save energy this holiday weekend as temperatures remain solid below freezing through Ohio.

“PJM Interconnection, the region’s power grid operator, is asking customers to take proactive steps to save electricity until 10 a.m. tomorrow, December 25,” the company said in a statement, noting that the energy consumption is on the rise right now due to the weather and people coming together.

The company says it may need to take “additional measures if necessary, which may include the potential for short, rotating customer outages” if residents do not work to reduce their energy use.

To avoid blackouts, FirstEnergy suggests setting household thermostats to lower temperatures, closing blinds and curtains and turning off all non-essential electrical appliances, which they say include Christmas lights. People are also asked to refrain from using appliances like dishwashers, dryers and stoves.

“Acting now to reduce electricity demand can help offset the need for additional actions later,” FirstEnergy said.

Those with questions please call First Energy.

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