MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Memphis Light, Gas, and Water is asking its customers to help them keep the heat and electricity running.
MLGW says bitterly cold temperatures put a strain on the electrical system, but there are ways you can conserve energy and save money.
MLGW is one of largest utility companies in the nation serving more than 400,000 customers.
Wednesday night into Thursday morning marked some of the coldest temperatures in Memphis and Shelby County in more than a year. These sub-freezing temperatures have the potential to be deadly. Six deaths in Tennessee have already been blamed on the bitter cold.
MLGW is encouraging customers to take the following steps to conserve energy:
- Open the blinds on the south side of your home during sunny days, but keep the blinds closed on cloudy days and at night.
- Postpone using electric appliances such as dishwashers, dryers and cooking equipment during peak power; use times early in the morning and early in the evening.
- Turn off nonessential lights, appliances, electronics, and other electrical equipment.
- Set your thermostat at 68 degrees or lower when you're home.
- At bedtime, lower your thermostat and add extra blankets.
- Lower or turn off thermostat when leaving your home for four hours or more.
MLGW says customers taking these steps will help reduce the demand on Tennessee Valley Authority's electric system, and help lower your bills. Officials say it's a winning formula for everyone.
To find more energy-saving tips visit http://www.mlgw.com/residential/wintertips.