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EMC encourages members to take precautions now for freezing temps this week

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Excelsior EMC wants to give you a heads-up on the next winter excitement coming our way. Cold temperatures are moving in this week, with lows in the teens predicted. Now is a great time to make sure you are winter ready. 

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Things to do:

  • Ensure your HVAC system is functioning properly and that filters are replaced regularly.
  • Do your laundry and run your dishwasher today to be able to postpone non-essential uses of electricity until temperatures return to normal. (Water heaters use 14 percent of a home’s energy.)
  • If you drive an electric vehicle, charge it during the middle of the day and delay charging during extreme weather conditions.
  • Heat foods at the lowest possible setting and refrain from opening the oven door while baking.
  • Set thermostats to 68 degrees or lower and adjust window units accordingly. (Warming and cooling the home accounts for 55 percent of residential energy use)
  • Lower your thermostat at night and when you're away from home.
  • Open blinds, drapes and curtains to let in warmth from the sun and close them at night to keep out the cold.
  • Caulk or weather strip around windows, exterior doors and any gaps.

Take time to check your:

  • Pipes: Insulate your pipes.
  • Pets: Secure a warm space for your animals.
  • People: Check in on friends and neighbors who may need assistance with these precautions.
  • Plants: Protect plants that cannot be moved indoors.
  • Place of residence: Keep your house safe from electrical fires. Remember to keep space heaters plugged directly into the wall and make sure anything burning can vent exhaust safely. Maintain a minimum distance of 3 feet between your space heaters and anything flammable.
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EMC is encouraging members to be aware of energy consumption, prioritize safety, make necessary preparations, and stay tuned for further updates.

Current Weather

Sunny

Sunny

72°F

UV Index
4 Moderate
Pressure
30.14 Steady
Visibility
12 miles
Dewpoint
55 °F
Humidity
55%
Wind
NNE 1.8 mph
Gust
3.5 mph
Wind Chill
72 °F

Hourly Forecast

Today
10 AM
71°F
Mostly sunny
Today
11 AM
75°F
Mostly sunny
Today
12 PM
77°F
Mostly sunny
Today
1 PM
79°F
Mostly sunny
Today
2 PM
81°F
Mostly sunny
Today
3 PM
83°F
Mostly sunny
Today
4 PM
84°F
Mostly sunny
Today
5 PM
83°F
Mostly sunny
Today
6 PM
81°F
Mostly sunny
Today
7 PM
79°F
Mostly sunny
Today
8 PM
75°F
Mostly sunny
Today
9 PM
71°F
Mostly clear

7 Day Forecast

Mostly sunny

Thursday

84 °F

Mostly sunny and comfortable


Mostly clear

Thursday Night

57 °F

Clear to partly cloudy


Intermittent clouds

Friday

81 °F

Pleasant with times of clouds and sun


Intermittent clouds

Friday Night

59 °F

Partly cloudy


Mostly cloudy

Saturday

78 °F

Variable cloudiness


Intermittent clouds

Saturday Night

59 °F

Some clouds


Intermittent clouds

Sunday

79 °F

A morning shower in places; otherwise, times of clouds and sun


Partly cloudy

Sunday Night

57 °F

Partly cloudy


Sunny

Monday

83 °F

Pleasant with plenty of sunshine


Clear

Monday Night

58 °F

Clear


Sunrise and Sunset

Sunrise
6:46 AM
Sunset
8:05 PM

Based on AccuWeather data