Peak power demand in the Tennessee Valley soared to a near record high this morning, with the TVA reporting 26, 714 megawatts.
With an average temperature of 24 degrees across the region, more homeowners turned on their heaters to beat the chill.
“We had a demand of just over 26,700 mega watts this morning, which is second only to a peak we set in November 2008,” Scott Brooks, TVA spokesperson, said. “We only missed it this morning by 100 megawatts.”
This marks only the third time the area has been above 26,000 megawatts in the month of November in the last 10 years.
“It’s no surprise the power usage drives the demand and weather in often a factor in that,” Brooks said. “When it gets below freezing, more people tend to turn on their heat, especially when they wake up in the morning.”
There are steps homeowners can take to keep their power bill down. Brooks said the best way to conserve energy is to keep thermostats at 68 degrees.
“The little things you can be doing now or maybe should have already been doing like checking the installation on your windows and doors and attic,” Brooks said. “Not using appliances during peak hours, which in this case was in the morning, wait until the evenings to wash your clothes.”
While power usage was higher than normal this morning, Brooks said it is something the TVA prepares for all year long.
“It’s pretty significant for the month of November. It’s all driven by weather in this case and TVA was certainly prepared to meet the demands and keep the power on,” Brooks said.