BOARDMAN, Ohio (WKBN) — Bitterly cold temperatures are on their way to the Valley once again this winter.
With highs in the single digits and lows below zero for most of next week, it’s expected to put a strain on the industries that supply the fuel we use to heat our homes. Last week, Ohio Gov. John Kasich issued an emergency order to help get more propane to Ohio homes.
And on Friday, Dominion East Ohio asked natural gas customers to conserve so that there will be enough gas to go around even though most of us are tempted to crank up the thermostat when it gets this cold. The company is asking customers to voluntarily turn down their thermostats and lower the settings on their water heaters.
They said during the last cold snap a few weeks ago, the company was able to provide reliable service in part because of customers doing this exact same thing. Not only does it help preserve the supply of natural gas, it also helps keep customer’s bills down, which was a big concern this year.
Dominion East Ohio talked about the demand for natural gas before winter even started. They said in October that demand was expected to be way up this year, prompting higher prices and concern about shortages. A spokesman for the company said at the time that more generators are turning to natural gas, which is creating an increase in demand.
There are other things customers can do to conserve energy besides just turning down the thermostat.
Dominion also recommends adding weather stripping, insulating doors and windows and blocking off drafts at the bottom of doors with a throw rug or towel.
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