Power Usage

The City of Tallahassee is trying to avoid a partial shutdown of electricity. They're concerned that as the temperature drops, power use will rise.

Blistering winds and frigid cold temperatures are chasing most people indoors. While our toes stay toasty, our electric meters are spinning faster than a cold front, and that's got the City of Tallahassee worried. They've been working to get a new power substation out to some key areas, but so far they've faced a battle.

Bill Behenna, a Tallahassee city official, said, "What we're advising people to do is just keep their heating thermostats at 68 degrees. The reason for that is you should still be comfortable in the home, but more importantly, from a system-wide standpoint, we do have some transmission difficulties on the eastern and northeastern sides of town."

A major problem is growth within neighborhoods. Officials say there are too many homes, and without a new substation, electrical wires are stretched thin.

To avoid a power shutdown, the City of Tallahassee is asking residents to not use the dryer, washing machine, or pool pumps. They advise residents to bundle up inside their homes and lower the thermostat. It is important for homeowners to wrap outside pipes to keep them from freezing or cracking

City officials say if everyone follows the tips they won't have to worry about an overloaded system.

Officials say the peak time for power use is 5 a.m. to 10 a.m.