Quebec hits all-time high for power consumption amid cold snap
Wednesday, January 22, 2014, 6:00 -
When times get cold, you crank it up. And with Quebec in the midst one of the coldest winter in years, people were cranking way, way up.
According to Hydro-Québec, electricity across the province peaked at a record 39,240 megawatts around 7:30 a.m. Wednesday.
The last historical peak was reached January 23, 2013 at 38,797 megawatts.
The utility is asking customers to reduce consumption during peak morning and early-evening hours, when possible.
Ideas for lowering consumption? Lower the thermostat by a degree or two, especially in rooms that are unused. #coldspell— Hydro-Québec (@hydroquebec) January 22, 2014
Hydro-Québec recommends that customers reduce their thermostat by one or two degrees Celsius, especially when leaving the house. They also suggest customers use washers, dryers and certain appliance during non-peak hours.
And with a stormy system pushing into Quebec late Friday, early Saturday, residents may want to try some of these alternatives to staying warm:
- Electric heaters
- Hot water bottles
- Pile on the layers
- Hot drinks
- Leave the oven door open after cooking