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On Monday, Jan. 6, customers across the Louisville Gas and Electric Company and Kentucky Utilities Company service territories set several new peak energy demand records.
The combined electric systems set a new all-time winter peak record of 7,106 megawatts. To help put that in perspective, this surpasses the previous all-time winter peak electric record of 6,555 megawatts set in 2009.
In addition, LG&E experienced a peak electric demand of 2,096 megawatts at 7 p.m., which exceeded the previous all-time winter peak electric record, as well as the record for the month of January, for LG&E.
LG&E also set a new all-time natural gas system record of 557 million cubic feet of natural gas usage in a 24-hour period. This exceeded the previous 24-hour record of 538 million cubic feet of natural gas set in 1985.
KU experienced a peak electric demand of 5,027 megawatts at 9 p.m., which exceeded the previous all-time system peak electric record of 4,640 megawatts set in 2009.
The utilities are encouraging customers to take simple energy efficiency steps to help lower energy consumption during this winter’s cold snaps.
* Adjust your thermostat to lowest comfortable setting. If you’re going to be gone for more than four hours turn the thermostat down several degrees as well.
* Reduce reliance on other heating sources.
* Wear extra layers such as a sweatshirt or sweater.
* Add extra blankets to the bed.
* Close the fireplace damper and doors when not in use unless you have a gas fireplace.
* Use draft stoppers for windows and doors.
* Turn off all unnecessary lights and appliances.
* Run your dishwashers, dryers and washing machines only when full.
* Open curtains, drapes and/or blinds in the daytime to let the sun's heat in your home and close them at night to retain the heat.
* Furniture or drapes should not block air registers.
* Use a microwave oven or a slow cooker or prepare cold meals. Microwaves use less than half the power of a conventional oven and cook food in about one-fourth the time.