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Indiana Michigan Power: Tips for using energy wisely in winter weather

The following statement was issued Saturday by Indiana Michigan Power:

With bitterly cold temperatures forecast for this week, Indiana Michigan Power urges our customers to be safe and to prepare for temperatures of well below zero.

I&M crews are prepared to respond to any power outages. If you lose power, first check your circuit breakers, then Indiana customers should report the outage to I&M at 800-311-4634 or at our Web site, www.IndianaMichiganPower.com/outages. Michigan customers should call 800-311-6424.

I&M has sufficient capacity to meet the expected increase in demand for power usage.

Here are some tips customers may find helpful:

PREPARATION

  • Public safety agencies and organizations strongly encourage all residents to have an emergency kit with flashlights, extra batteries, blankets, prescription medications and first aid supplies. Other useful items include a battery powered radio or TV.
  • Stock up on nonperishable foods.
  • Keep cell phones charged.
  • If you plan to use a portable generator, make sure it is placed outside and consult a licensed electrician for proper installation.
  • If someone in your home depends on electricity for medical reasons, make plans for alternate lodging should the power be out for an extended period of time.
SAFETY

  • Please be extremely careful if using space heaters. Make sure they are at least 3 feet away from anything that could burn, including walls.
  • Use caution and follow manufacturers’ ventilation and other safety instructions if using other home heating sources such as wood stoves, kerosene heaters or fireplaces.
  • Do not use stoves or other appliances not made for home heating as a heat source.
USE ENERGY WISELY

  • Keep doors and windows closed. Keep fireplace dampers closed when not in use.
  • Set your thermostat to the desired temperature; setting it higher than desired will not heat your home any faster.
  • Turn down your thermostat before leaving your home for extended periods.
  • Keep curtains and shades closed – except for those facing the sun, which should be open.
  • For other energy saving tips visit www.ElectricIdeas.com

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