Customers asked to conserve electricity

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Rolling power outages implemented

Public advisory

Newfoundland Power and Newfoundland Labrador Hydro are asking power customers across the province to conserve energy for the next 24 hours.

Unseasonably cold temperatures mean a higher strain on the power grid as people try and keep their homes heated, according to Newfoundland Labrador Hydro release issued earlier today.

To conserve energy people should turn off lights, lower electric heat by a few degrees, unplug unused appliances, and avoid hot showers and using things like dishwashers, washing machines, and dryers especially during the peak hours of 4 and 8 p.m. and 7 to 10 a.m.

Some areas of the province, including in central Newfoundland, have already experienced short outages earlier this afternoon.

A Tweet from NL Power this evening stated that rolling outages between 30 and 60 minutes can be expected.

“Scheduled outages are managed based on peak loads in specific areas. Decisions are made quickly to keep on as many customers as possible,” another Tweet by the electricity provider read.

Many places in Newfoundland and Labrador are under windchill warnings for tonight, according to Environment Canada, temperatures in the Exploits Valley and much of central are expected to reach minus 37 Celcius tonight with windchill and remain frigid throughout Friadwafternoon and  evening, and into Saturday.

Updated weather warnings for your region can be found through Environment Canada's webpage at www.weather.gc.ca, and current information on power outages through NL Power's website atwww.newfoundlandpower.com.

Organizations: Newfoundland Power, NL Power, Environment Canada

Geographic location: Newfoundland and Labrador, Exploits Valley

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