AEP working on power outages across city
With the freezing temperatures many are using their heaters more than ever. AEP has been receiving calls about power outages since seven Friday morning. Crews have been seen around North Laredo restoring power to hundreds of customers.
Outages have been reported since seven Friday morning in the Shiloh, Del Mar and Saunders areas.
Olga Maldonado, with AEP, says, “As orders are being restored, there are other customers calling in. The ones we had at 7:18am may or may not be the ones we have right now."
According to AEP, the outages are due to the demand from heaters being used in the home.
People are keeping their heaters turned up high, and transformers can't sustain the demand.
" When you look at air conditioner and heating they make up about 40 percent of your energy use. So the costumers might want to consider that cause later they will get a bill in the mail that they will have to pay." Says Maldonado.
According to AEP, their transformers are set to handle the overload in electricity during the summer, but not in the winter.
In the meantime, AEP officials say there are other ways to keep warm.
" If its cold everyone wants to be warm. But there is alternatives you can throw an extra blanket in the evening you can put a few layers of clothing."
AEP crews are expecting that tonight they will be just as busy as temperatures are expected to drop into the 20s tonight.
To report any power outages you can call 1-866-223-8508.