Recently, many Texans have been frustrated with the Texas heat and the lack of work ERCOT is putting in to keep its residents cool. As reported by the Houston Chronicle, the energy company did not anticipate this summer to be as hot as it is. With ERCOT calling to conserve energy, many Texans are left in fear that this will be a repeat of the February 2021 freeze—many left without power but in 100+ degree weather.
While we cannot do anything to fix the grid, we can, however, provide guidance on what to do to keep cool this summer. Here are some tips on how to do so:
Preparing for Heat
- Turn fans on - If you are in a room without air conditioning, you can use a ceiling or portable fan to keep cool. Be sure that your fans are running counterclockwise as it moves cooler air down.
- Cover your windows - Keeping the heat out with curtains is one of the best ways to keep cool this summer. If you do not have curtains but want to keep the heat out, you can also use cardboard between your blinds and the window as a reflector.
- Stock up on water - Staying hydrated during a heat wave is important.Keep waters in your refrigerator, and in the event ERCOT issues a blackout warning, keep some extra water and ice in a portable cooler.
- Reduce the use of heat-producing appliances - Avoid using appliances like the oven and dryer during peak heat times. Appliances like the dryer, oven, and even dishwasher can produce enough heat to change your home's temperature.
If another blackout notice is issued, the best thing to do is have these items ready for use:
- First-aid kit
- Non-perishable foods
- Stocked portable cooler with ice packs and water
- Cooling towels
If you find yourself without air conditioning this summer, be sure to call 3-1-1 to get information on local cooling centers. You can also request a free METRO ride to and from a local center.
If you find yourself injured during the power outage, we may be able to help. Get in touch with the Robins Cloud LLP team today. We can help you with all of your personal injury needs and questions. To contact our office, call us at (800) 691-2363 or fill out a consultation request form on our website.