ROCKINGHAM COUNTY, Va. (WHSV) -- Power companies need some help with these cold temperatures.
Leaders from the Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative are asking their customers to try to conserve energy due to the weather.
When it's cold outside, people have a tendency to want to stay inside and keep the heat on, which according to SVEC can put a strain on the power grid and substations.
In a worst-case scenario, it could be a reliability issue.
Keeping the heat on too high is also something that can cause your bill to go up because SVEC doesn't make a profit based off the amount of energy used, according to Mike Aulgur, a SVEC spokesman.
So the more energy used means the more SVEC's more than 80,000 members in the area will be charged.
Some simple things you can do to save energy are turn down your thermostat, unplug things like cell phone chargers and open the blinds to let the warm light inside your home.
Aulgur said the group effort can lower prices.
"From our perspective, the less our members pay in terms of their bills, the better off we all are. Conservation exists regardless," said Aulgur.
So far SVEC has not seen any major problems, but that is something they will continue to monitor until the temperatures increase.
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