What causes a winter Houston power outage?« Back to Questions List

During extreme weather such as below freezing temperatures, overuse of heaters can cause an increased demand for energy. Often, electricity companies will send out power conservation alerts, advising people to save energy by keeping lights off, unplugging large appliances, and keeping the thermostat as low as comfortable. When the demand for energy is greater than the electricity provider can sustain, rolling power outages are sometimes implemented, creating deliberate outages in areas for a short period of time in order to prevent a region-wide blackout. Freezing weather can cause ice buildup on electrical equipment which can also cause outages. In some cases, winter outages are even caused by damage to electrical equipment due to car accidents caused by icy roads.
Posted by Houston Electrician
Asked on January 30, 2014 11:30 am