Hydro-Québec asks people to reduce energy consumption

Posted on Wednesday, January 23, 2013

With Quebec in the grasp of an extreme cold snap, Hydro-Québec has reported that the province broke a record for energy consumption Wednesday morning when the level hit 38,910 megawatts. The Hydro-Québec website says the utility is expecting to set another record for electricity consumption by this time tomorrow with temperatures expected to remain frigid.

To avoid overburdening the grid, Hydro-Québec is asking people to reduce power consumption during the peak hours between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. tonight and between 6 a.m. and 10 a.m. on Thursday.

Here are the most effective ways to reduce consumption at home and at McGill:

Turn off individual space heaters.

Turn off lighting in offices and meeting rooms (when not in use).

- Lower the thermostat temperature by a degree or two in all rooms, especially those that are unused.

- Postpone using major appliances (especially dryers and dishwashers) by a few hours.

- Limit the use of hot water as much as possible.

For more information, go to Hydro-Québec’s website.

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