The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) is requesting voluntary conservation for today, August 24, from 3-10 p.m., due to extreme temperatures, continued near-record demand, and forecasted low wind-power generation.

ERCOT is asking Texans to voluntarily reduce electric use, if safely able to do so.

Reducing your energy usage includes turning up your thermostat 1-2 degrees, if comfortable, postponing running major appliances or pool pumps & turning off nonessential lights during the requested timeframe.

ERCOT continues to use all tools available to manage the grid effectively and reliably, including using reserve power and calling upon large electric customers who have volunteered to lower their energy use.

ERCOT emphasizes that the call for conservation is limited to the hours of 3-10 p.m. today only, August 24.

For more info, energy-saving tips and to sign up for  ERCOT’s notifications for Texans, visit