UPDATE 5:15 p.m.: ERCOT has canceled the warning asking people to reduce electricity usage

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The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) is urging residents across the state to reduce electricity usage through 7 tonight due to near-record temperatures and high electricity demand.

“High temperatures have resulted in record electricity demand over the last few days and may result in a new record today,” said ERCOT President and CEO Bill Magness in a press release. “Consumers can help lower energy consumption by taking some simple actions between the hours of 3 and 7 p.m.”

Bryan Texas Utilities is asking residents to reduce usage through 8 p.m. according to post on social media. 

ERCOT says that residents can help conserve energy by turning the thermostat up two or three degrees, setting thermostats to higher temperatures when no one is home, using fans, limiting use of large appliances such as washers, dryers and ovens, and closing blinds and drapes during peak hours.

Residents are able to track electricity demand at http://www.ercot.com/

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