Utility companies keep customers power on during cold weather
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -
As we settle in to this cold pattern, utility
companies and firefighters are sharing information to help you stay warm and
More cold days are
ahead for south Georgia. Water, Gas and Light and Georgia Power say they're
dedicated to keeping customers warm. If
you are behind on your bill and its 32 degrees or below, they won't turn off
"It's very rare
that we have such a cold winter, usually we get one or two days usually not
together. Historically our really cold weather comes the end of February and
March," said Lorie Farkas, WG&L.
A state law prevents
utility companies from shutting off power during below freezing days. But once
it warms, customers will be responsible for the accrued costs.
"When those late
fees and penalties appear, people get mad and don't want to pay them and they
say, but you didn't cut me off , but that's a safety issue," said Farkas.
Also, during the cold
weather, the Albany Fire Department reminds people to practice safe heating
tips. Especially the use of space heaters.
"Can't do a
whole lot about the cold, but we can be more careful , when we use those kinds
of appliances and one you got to realized they are not intended to be used 24
hours," said James Carswell, AFD Chief.
Space heaters caused
several fatal fires so far this year. Albany's Fire Chief says you need to be
cautious if you use one.
"Never leave a
space heater on when you leave the room, if you're going to use it, put on
extra clothing and turn it off to make sure it has the opportunity to cool
down. If you don't do those things then you got the ingredient to cause a
Even though we're not
experiencing record low temperatures, it is much colder than average, and the
deep freeze will continue.
Here are some cold weather tips from Georgia Power.
your thermostat to 68 degrees or lower and maintain a consistent temperature in
curtains and shades on the sunny side of your house to let the sun warm your
that heating vents are clear of any obstructions – such as furniture or drapes.
or weather strip around all doors and windows.
the steps to your attic. Heat rises and uninsulated attic steps allow warm air
for more winter weather tips, as well as instructional videos that provide
step-by-step instructions for making homes more energy efficient throughout the
In addition, customers are
encouraged to take advantage of Georgia Power's new My Power Usage program.
Available once residential customers are logged in to their online account, the
program provides detailed information about how they are using their energy including
when they use the most power, their overall daily usage and even their