Effective at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 16, the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) is urging Warren RECC and its members to reduce electric usage as much as possible until further notice.

Arctic temperatures are causing greater demands on the electric system, which could affect reliability.

Consumers are encouraged to take proactive steps that can lower power bills by reducing electric use.

One of the simplest ways to do this is by turning down the thermostat. Lowering the thermostat from 68 degrees to 67 degrees can result in savings of up to 3 percent on a monthly bill.

Other ways to reduce electric usage include turning off or unplugging all unnecessary electronics, battery chargers not in use, appliances, lights, space heaters, computers, TVs, etc.

Be prepared before an event occurs by having an alternative heat source or be ready to move to another location.

The elderly, or those who use medical equipment powered by electricity, should have another source of power available.

To report power outages in Warren County, call 843-9710; outside Warren County, call toll-free 1-888-604-4321.