Energy test showed power use cut by about 1-2 percent
October 31, 2011
Anchorage Daily News: Southcentral Alaska residents reduced their energy consumption by 1 percent to 2 percent last Wednesday during an energy conservation drill, according to Anchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan’s office.
Last year during a similar test, residents in the region cut energy use by 2 percent to 4 percent. Residents in Anchorage, Mat-Su and the Kenai Peninsula were asked to lower consumption by turning down their thermostats to 65 degrees, shutting off unnecessary lights and electrical appliances, and postponing dish washing and clothes washing, among other ways. The test took place from 6 to 8 p.m.
Both natural gas and electrical utilities in Southcentral measured energy use.
Weather, daylight, and decisions by large energy uses affect the results, according to the mayor’s office.