With freezing and sub-freezing temperatures predicted for most of the state, Mississippi Power is prepared to respond quickly and safely to any weather-related power outages that might arise. Customers are also urged to prepare their homes to save money and energy during the extreme cold.
Low temperatures Wednesday morning are forecast to range from the teens in the northern part of the service territory to the mid-twenties near the Coast, with wind chills dipping into the single digits in many areas of the region.
While no precipitation is expected, high winds could knock down trees or push limbs into power lines.
“With temperatures in the low twenties and upper teens, it is vitally important for our customers that we keep the lights on,” said Randall Pinkston, Distribution and Storm Director. “Our operations personnel are aware of the forecast and will be prepared to respond to any outages that might occur.”
Anytime the weather nears freezing, heating systems naturally tend to run more to keep up. Here are some energy tips that customers can use to stay warm and keep their heating bill in check;
• Set the thermostat to the lowest comfortable setting which for many is 68 degrees in the winter. For every degree higher, energy consumption is increased about four percent. Since heating and cooling makes up the largest portion of an electric bill, bundling up at home can really help make a difference.
• A simple and cost effective tip is to regularly change the air filter once a month for most units. This increases efficiency since it doesn’t have to work as hard to push out the air.
• Another way to help keep the home warm is to keep cold air out by using weather stripping around doors and windows. If you are inside and can see sunlight coming in from underneath your door or around the hinges, adding weather stripping can help keep the cold air outside where it belongs.
If customers experience a weather-related power outage, our online Outage Map can be accessed using a phone, tablet or laptop to track utility crews as they work to safely restore power. More information, including safety tips on how to prepare your home and office for winter weather, can be found at http://www.mississippipower.com/in-our-community/storm-and-outage-center/.