Save power, especially given SaskPower's new record

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The frigid weather of late has affected us in more ways than we know.

On Friday, SaskPower reported a record electricity use of 3.543 megawatts.

The Regina Leader-Post stated in an article in Tuesday’s paper (SaskPower sets new record for electricity use) SaskPower workers expect Friday’s all-time energy consumption record to be broken.

“The monumental numbers can be attributed to two things: a growing province — with more cars to plug in, houses to heat and dinners to make — and the icy cold of a Saskatchewan winter,” the article said.

In a press release that came out on Monday, SaskPower CEO Robert Watson said the new record goes to show why upgrades and maintaining the power supply is so important.

For us, we should save power at home or work. Wherever we can save power, we will be helping the environment and the power grid for the province.

Even doing things as simple as turning off a light when we’re not in a room or turning off electronics, such as computers, televisions and video games, when we’re not using them will make a huge difference.

According to the website, thinkquest.org, if we go away for a period of time, unplug those electronics as well because they will still use electricity even when turned off.

Other tips include limiting the number of times a dishwasher is used and keeping doors and windows closed while heat is running. Programmable thermostats will keep a home at an appropriate temperature and we should turn off our water heater if we’re leaving town for a few days.

To help reduce how much power we use to say warm, open curtains, drapes and blinds to let the sun help the home warm up. Ensure doors and windows are closed firmly to not let the chilly air into the home.

Further, LED lights are a more efficient source of power.

SaskPower is anticipating a rise in demand for electricity.

The Leader-Post article said 10 years ago, power use increased by 1.4 per cent each year, but now demand is expected to increase by six per cent.

We need to do our part to save power. We’ll help the environment and save money at the same time. It’s a win-win.

All Times-Herald editorials are written by the editorial staff.

Organizations: SaskPower, Regina Leader-Post, The Leader

Geographic location: Saskatchewan

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