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Many Texans listened to ERCOT's request and powered down. Why it matters. – Houston Business Journal – The Business Journals

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HOUSTON — On Monday, July 11, when temperatures soared, ERCOT asked Texans to conserve energy during peak hours to avoid any blackouts, and a lot of Texans listened.
Peak hours are 2 to 8 p.m. ERCOT reports that from 1:56 to 2 p.m. customers voluntarily shut down nearly 500 megawatts of power, enough to power about 100,000 homes.
Requests to conserve energy included setting thermostats to 78 degrees or higher, not running large appliances, like dishwashers or washer/dryers, and turning off lights.
“When it comes to peak moments, any savings, even tiny bits, helps,” explained Le Xie, a professor in the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering at Texas A&M.
There are nearly 10 million households in Texas, so cumulatively, what we do in them matters. The biggest energy consumer is usually the air conditioning, as they run almost non-stop during triple-digit days.
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