Published: Dec 15, 2010 2:59 AM EST
Updated: Dec 15, 2010 12:01 AM EST

LCEC is operating business as usual Wednesday morning. We will have crews on stand-by in the early hours of the morning to address any issues that may occur but we are not expecting anything unusual. It would be wise for customers to conserve energy as a precaution. LCEC offers the following tips:

           Conserving Electricity in Cold Weather

·         Adjust thermostat settings for heating to 68 degrees or less. This also helps to manage your winter electric bill.

·         Dress warm and use an electric blanket to keep warm.

·         Consider a space heater for warming only the room you are in. Make sure there are built-in safety features such as tip-over switches, overheat sensors and protective screens or grills.

·         Shut whole-house heater off when you're not going to be home for an extended period.

·         Close curtains and blinds to help insulate homes and buildings against cool temps at night. Open during the warmer part of the day so the sun can warm the building naturally.

·         Turn off electric water heaters at the circuit breaker if not in use.

·         Reduce use of all non-essential electric appliances, such as dishwashers and clothes dryers, especially during the early morning.

·         Turn off all non-essential lighting and electric appliances, such as pool pumps.

·         Turn off lights when you leave a room or when they aren't needed.

·         Keep cooking and bathing to a minimum, especially during the early morning hours.

·         Leave refrigerator and freezer doors closed as much as possible.

·         If someone in your home is dependent on electric powered, life-sustaining medical equipment, check backup facilities.

·         If you experience a power outage, turn off all major appliances, including the heater, immediately following the service interruption. This will prevent the system serving your home from being overloaded when power is restored. When power is restored, turn appliances on gradually and only as needed.