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ERCOT asks Texans to set thermostats to 78 this weekend, here's why

They suggest doing so by setting thermostats to 78 degrees or above, as well as avoid using large appliances like dishwashers, washing machines and dryers.

TEXAS, USA — The video above was published on May 6, 2022.

The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) is asking residents of the Lone Star State to conserve their energy use this weekend, despite the hot temperatures that's expected.

On Friday, ERCOT sent out a news release, asking more than 26 million Texans to conserve their power use during peak hours between 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday. They suggest doing so by setting thermostats to 78 degrees or above, as well as avoid using large appliances like dishwashers, washing machines and dryers.

ERCOT explained that this request comes after six of its power generation facilities went out on Friday, which caused the power grid to lose 2,900 megawatts of electricity. 

Locally, we have a chance to beat record highs starting Sunday with temps expected to be in 98 degrees. Later on in the week, our area has a chance to hit its first triple-digit day.

Your forecast: kcentv.com/weather

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