Front Royal asks customers to curb power use

FRONT ROYAL – The town wants Front Royal electricity customers to reduce energy use Monday.

Town officials issued the request Friday, noting that forecasts call for temperatures to rise into the 90s over the next few days. Customers should voluntarily lower their use of electricity during the peak period from 2 to 6 p.m. Monday. While the electric power grid functions properly, town officials say they want to take steps to reduce costs to customers.

Director of Energy Services Joseph Waltz said the town can save on transmission and capacity next year. He said lowering people’s demand keeps rates low. The town boasts the lowest rate in the state among providers.

Customers can conserve power by:
• Shutting off lights when not needed.
• Unplugging small appliances and electric chargers, especially those with small lights.
• Raising the air conditioner thermostat a degree or two.
• Closing curtains, drapes and blinds.
• Doing laundry and other household chores requiring electricity during hours other than 2-6 p.m.
• Turning off televisions, computers, gaming consoles and other electronic devices when not being used.

Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative started an energy conservation program in June called “Beat the Peak” aimed at curbing power use during the summer. The utility provider intends to monitor peak-use times while asking customers to curb electricity use and exercising energy-saving measures.

Contact staff writer Alex Bridges at 540-465-5137 ext. 125, or abridges@nvdaily.com