Acadiana customers asked to conserve energy
High temperatures have sparked increased demand on electric utilities in the state's Acadiana region, prompting the companies to ask customers to conserve energy to help prevent brownouts.
Cleco Corp., Entergy Corp., SLEMCO, Lafayette Utilities System and Louisiana Energy and Power Authority joined forces Thursday in urging customers to reduce their usage.
The utilities serve a total of 230,000 customers in the region.
According to a joint news release Thursday, the most effective conservation measure customers can take is to raise the thermostat on their air conditioning unit or turn it off - if health permits.
The companies also suggest customers unplug household appliances not in use and don't use major appliances, like washing machines, dryers, ranges and computers, unless it's at night.
The utilities say controlled service interruptions would only occur as a last resort to "protect the system from damage and prevent longterm, widespread power outages."