Energy Watch test slated for Wednesday

Southcentral Alaska residents are being asked to voluntarily reduce their energy consumption between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. Wednesday.

The test is being coordinated between Southcentral municipalities and utilities, including Homer Electric Association, ENSTAR, and the Kenai Peninsula Borough. The goal of the Energy Watch campaign is to call attention to the possibility of a natural gas delivery problem. Residents are being asked to participate in the voluntary test by reducing their energy consumption. Steps include lowering the thermostat to 65 degrees; shutting off unnecessary lights and electronics; setting the water heater to “warm” or “vacation”; postponing washing dishes and doing laundry; and reducing natural gas range use.

The goal of the conservation test is to see what kind of effect voluntary actions might have on overall energy consumption. In the event of a real energy deliverability problem, one of the first steps will be to ask residents to take voluntary steps similar to ones being proposed for this test.

The utilities and agencies involved in the Energy Watch campaign have continually stressed that a natural gas delivery problem this winter is not likely. However, in the event of an emergency, it is prudent to have a plan in place.

To leanr more about the Energy Watch campaign, visit http://www.homerelectric.com/SavingEnergy/EnergyWatchGasContingencyPlan/tabid/236/Default.aspx

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