Due to an extremely high demand for electricity in this week's frigid temperatures, as well as weather-related loss of some generation, Delmarva Power is asking its customers to conserve energy.
Officials say the demand for electricity is expected to increase as the extremely cold weather lingers for the next several days. If health permits, customers are asked to conserve electricity, especially from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
To conserve electricity, Delmarva Power recommends that customers:
> Set thermostats lower than usual, if health permits;
> Turn off electric lights and appliances that are not needed or are not in use;
> Gather in a central room where there is an alternative heat source;
> At night, cover windows with drapes or blankets to minimize heat loss and during the day, open blinds to let the sun warm the home.
Officials say conserving electricity will help ensure adequate power supplies. Delmarva Power will continue to carefully monitor power supply conditions.
For more information, visit www.delmarva.com.