As the temperatures are expected to dip into the teens in the next few days, Martinsville electric customers are being asked to conserve power to help reduce costs for customers.

City customers are requested to voluntarily lower their electricity usage during the peak period from 7:00 AM to 9:00 AM on Thursday, January 31st.

“There’s plenty of power available and the grid is in good shape, but if we can conserve during these peak hours, Martinsville can save on transmission cost next year. Lowering the peak demand will help keep Martinsville’s electricity rates low. As a municipal electric system owned by its citizens and customers, it is contingent upon those same citizens and customers to keep the electric rates for themselves and all other customers of Martinsville as low as possible. Our citizens and customers have the opportunity to make a difference in their system and their rates by conserving energy during the period stated. As forecasts dictate, we will most likely be asking our citizens and customers to again conserve energy at additional times this year”, noted City Electric Department Director Durwin Joyce.

Customers can take simple conservation steps such as avoiding using electric space heaters, lowering the thermostat to 68 degrees, shutting off lights when not needed; doing laundry and other household chores requiring electricity during hours other than 7:00 AM through 9:00 AM; and turning off televisions, computers, and other electronic devices when not being used.

If you have questions, please contact the Electric Department at 276-403-5183.