Evergy begins rolling outages as energy demand rises amid freezing temperatures

On Monday, Feb. 15, after frigid temperatures had persisted for over a week in the Kansas City metro, energy provider Evergy announced possible power outages.

The outages throughout KC area began at 12:30 p.m. today and could continue into tomorrow as area power companies are initiating controlled power outages across Kansas City and other areas in several states

Electricity demand has exceeded power generation capacity. The rolling blackouts are expected last 30-60 minutes for a given area and to continue through the next 48 hours.

Per the power companies: customers are encouraged to turn thermostats down to 68 degrees or lower and employ other means to conserve energy such as:

Avoid using energy-consuming appliances, including washers and dryers, ovens and dishwashers, through at least mid-week when possible; Make microwave or toaster oven-friendly meals, which use less energy than stoves/ovens, if possible; Change furnace filters to help with efficiency; Close furnace registers in unused rooms and make sure registers in other rooms aren’t blocked; Wear an extra layer or use an extra blanket rather than cranking up the thermostat; Close blinds and curtains to prevent heat loss through windows;
Turn off and unplug nonessential appliances.

The City advises making sure radios, flashlights and other portable electronics have batteries and cell phones are charged. Ensure that water pipes are protected by running the water slowly, wrapping pipes in blankets and opening cabinets. It is advised to stop up drafts around doors and windows.

The City notification reminded residents that generators and wood/charcoal grills should not be used indoors.

Be informed with other tips from preparemetrokc.org.

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