RICHMOND (WRIC) - Dominion Power is asking people to conserve energy in this cold weather. While officials say they can meet the electricity demands, it always helps to reduce the pressure on their system.
Amanda Stoufer's family tries to use energy wisely, but some things are a must for them.
"At night I have to keep the lights on to make sure I'm not stepping on pacifiers," she says.
But over the next day, Dominion Power is calling on people to conserve power especially during peak hours of 6-10 a.m. and 5-9 p.m.
"We are running at capacity so just to be on the safe side it's a good idea for us to try to cut back if we can," says spokesperson Janell Hancock.
Dominion Power says things like phone chargers and small kitchen appliances should be unplugged when they're not in use.
"Our customers would be surprised to find out that anything plugged in does draw a little bit of electricity and cumulatively it does add up," Hancock says.
Dominion also suggests keeping your thermostat between 68 and 70 degrees, sealing off any areas where cold is coming in and even closing the flue to fireplaces.
Stoufer admits she could do more to conserve power.
"There were a couple of things like the chargers and I think I could do a little bit better with the thermostat, watching where I set it at or attempt it at least."
Dominion also recommends not using large appliances like stoves or washers and dryers until after peak hours.
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