Northwest energy supplies strained, consumers asked to conserve energy

Northwest energy supplies strained, consumers asked to conserve energy
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Consumers are being asked to conserve electricity to relieve strain on Northwest energy supplies.

Increasingly cold temperatures, low streamflows in the Columbia and Snake rivers for hydropower and high natural gas prices are pressuring the regional electricity system, according to a Bonneville Power Administration news release.

The Bonneville Power Administration — which provides about a third of electricity in the Northwest — is asking its customers to reduce energy usage where they can.

Here are some ways to conserve energy:

Open shades on south-facing windows and use the natural warmth of the sun to help heat your home.
Turn the thermostat down a couple of degrees to give your furnace a break.
Reheat leftovers in the microwave instead of the oven or stovetop.
Wash clothes in cold water unless they’re really dirty.

More tips can be found on the BPA website here.

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