I&M Offers Advice for Proper Use of Electricity in the Cold (NBC33 VIDEO)

By Eric DeFreeuw

January 3, 2014 Updated Jan 3, 2014 at 7:29 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (NBC33) – The freezing cold temperatures headed to our way can take a toll on your electricity bill, especially if you aren't careful.

Indiana Michigan Power offers customers tips like only setting your thermostat at the desired temperature. Cranking it any higher will not heat your home faster.

I&M assures its customers they are prepared for the upcoming cold temperatures, and have taken every precaution to ensure they will have sufficient electricity. They do not expect Fort Wayne to see wide-spread power outages like the ice storm of 2008.

"Any time there is ice there is a potential for concern, but that isn't likely to happen during this cold wave largely because it's just too cold,” says Tracy Warner with Indiana Michigan Power. “(2008) was largely due to freezing rain and it's going to be too cold to have that freezing rain. You only really worry about ice and power lines if ice gets to be half-inch to three-quarters inch thick on a lot of the power lines, and we don't see that happening this weekend and the coming week."

I&M says they constant monitor usages and demand and can redirect power, if necessary.




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