KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - With 100-degree temperatures expected
this week, the Tennessee Valley Authority is encouraging
consumers to use electricity wisely and efficiently.
TVA's system operations center in Chattanooga, Tenn.,
where TVA employees monitor the power grid and a diverse
mix of electricity generation that includes; nuclear,
natural gas, coal, hydro, energy efficiency programs and
renewable energy. The center is operated 24 hours a day,
every day of the year.
Consumers can save energy, lower the impact on their power
bills and reduce peak demand on the TVA system by simply
increasing thermostat temperatures a few degrees during the
day, turning off unnecessary lights and appliances and
operating dishwashers and laundry machines at night and
only with full loads.
"Hot temperatures are typical during summer in the South,
and TVA is prepared to handle the extra demand," said Bob
Balzar, TVA vice president of Energy Efficiency and Demand
Response. "But conserving during peak periods and shifting
energy-use activities to evening hours can help consumers
control their energy costs and TVA to operate its energy
fleet most efficiently, which contributes to lower power
"Air conditioning is a necessity in this type of hot
weather, especially for those with special health issues
and the elderly. But small changes in thermostat settings
can go a long way in keeping homes comfortable and monthly
power bills affordable."
Balzar said summer energy use is usually highest between 2
p.m. and 8 p.m., the warmest part of the day and when
people arrive home from work.
On average, homeowners can cut power bills about 5 percent
for every degree they set the thermostat above 78 degrees,
Balzar said. Also, using a simple fan to move air across
our skin has the net effect of lowering the thermostat four
Other energy-saving tips include using the "sleep mode" on
computers and keeping curtains closed during the day.
TVA's highest demand of 2012 was 29,675 megawatts on the
afternoon of June 25. This is expected to be surpassed this
week. The TVA system has a summer capacity of about 34,000
megawatts of available power.
The all-time record demand on the TVA power system is
33,482 megawatts, set on Aug. 16, 2007, when temperatures
averaged 102 degrees.
"TVA has a diverse portfolio of resources available to
reliably meet the need, including energy efficiency
programs, nuclear, natural gas, coal, hydro and renewable
energy," Balzar said.
TVA and the 155 local power companies it serves are working
together to reduce peak demand and improve energy
efficiency through a number of initiatives. TVA's In-Home
Energy Evaluation program provides home energy audits
by a TVA-certified evaluator and up to $500 in cash rebates
for recommended improvements such as new windows, ducts,
insulation or heating and air conditioning tune-ups. TVA's
Energy Right Solutions for business
and industry programs offer several energy efficiency
options to help commercial customers reduce their energy
For more information on these and other programs and a list
of participating local power companies, visit www.energyright.com.
The Tennessee Valley Authority, a corporation owned by the
U.S. government, provides electricity for business
customers and distribution utilities that serve 9 million
people in parts of seven southeastern states at prices
below the national average. TVA, which receives no taxpayer
money and makes no profits, also provides flood control,
navigation and land management for the Tennessee River
system and assists utilities and state and local
governments with economic development.
Mike Bradley, Knoxville, (865)632-8860
TVA Media Relations, Knoxville, (865) 632-6000