Due to the winter storms and sub-zero temperatures across the Midwest, the demand for natural gas is peaking. As a result, Ameren Illinois is urging its customers to manage their energy usage.
“We are encouraging our customers to use natural gas conservatively during this extended cold spell,” said Eric Kozak, vice president, Gas Operations and Distribution, Ameren Illinois. “It will also help our customers keep their bills lower.”
The Department of Energy’s Energy.gov website recommends these strategies to conserve energy:
Take advantage of the sun. Open curtains on your south-facing windows during the day, and close them at night.
– Cover drafty windows.
Set your thermostat as low as is comfortable.
– When you are asleep or out of the house, turn your thermostat down.
– Keep your fireplace damper closed unless a fire is burning.
– When you use the fireplace, reduce heat loss by opening dampers in the bottom of the firebox.
– Turn down the temperature of your water heater to the warm setting.
If you lose power during a winter storm, Ameren Illinois encourages its customers to remember the following:
– Call 911 and then notify Ameren Illinois at 800-755-5000 if damage to power lines or electrical equipment occurs near your home.
– Charge cell phones in advance if there’s a risk of severe weather. Consider buying a solar or battery-powered charger to use in case of an outage.
– Be cautious when using candles for light during a power outage. Blow out lit candles before leaving the room or going to bed. On average, 21 home candle fires are reported each day, with December as the peak time of year for home candle fires.
– Prevent pipes from freezing by running faucets on a drip.
– Turn off light switches and unplug appliances to prevent damage and overloading circuits once the power is restored.
– Block cold air from coming in by stuffing towels along windows or underneath doors.
More than a third of the country is experiencing below-zero temperatures, and tens of millions of Americans were under ice or winter weather advisories on Monday, according to national weather sources.
Todd Kuhl, a natural gas storage field operator, Ameren Illinois, inspects the pressure levels of the instrumentation on a natural gas compressor during gas injection operations to ensure safe and reliable operations. File