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Kentucky Utilities reported power outages in several communities across the county “due to the frigid weather” on Monday and Tuesday.

“All power has now been restored across the county,” said Kentucky Utilities spokesman Cliff Feltham on Tuesday. “We had approximately 970 in the Chevrolet area, 425 in one section of Harlan and 500 in another section, along with 62 in the Cumberland area during the evening hours of Monday. We had approximately 100 homes without power in the Loyall area on Tuesday morning.”

With actual temperatures dropping well below zero and wind chills at times minus 30 on Monday night, Feltham said there were a total of approximately 1,200 residents without power during the two-day period, but not all outages were experienced at the same time.

“All of these outages were attributed to cold weather in one form or the other,” said Feltham. “We had fuses go off for lines that came down and things such as that. It can all be categorized as cold weather being the issue.”

With some of the coldest temperatures on record hitting the region, Louisville Gas and Electric Company and Kentucky Utilities Company are encouraging customers to use energy wisely and voluntarily conserve energy.

Although LG&E and KU are successfully meeting the increased energy demand, the utilities are encouraging customers to take simple energy efficiency steps to help lower energy consumption during this cold snap.

Recommendations include:

* Adjust your thermostat to the lowest comfortable setting. If you’re going to be gone for more than four hours turn the thermostat down several degrees as well.

* Reduce reliance on other heating sources.

* Wear extra layers such as a sweatshirt or sweater.

* Add extra blankets to the bed.

* Close the fireplace damper and doors when not in use unless you have a gas fireplace.

* Use draft stoppers for windows and doors.

* Turn off all unnecessary lights and appliances.

* Run your dishwashers, dryers and washing machines only when full.

* Open curtains, drapes and/or blinds in the daytime to let the sun’s heat in your home and close them at night to retain the heat.

* Furniture or drapes should not block air registers.

* Use a microwave oven or a slow cooker or prepare cold meals. Microwaves use less than half the power of a conventional oven and cook food in about ¼ the time.

Reach Nola Sizemore at 606-573-4510, ext. 115, nsizemore@civitasmedia.com

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