Utility officials recommended customers lower furnace thermostats three to five degrees (SDG&E)
Utility officials recommended customers lower furnace thermostats three to five degrees, health permitting; use a programmable thermostat to help automatically regulate temperatures; keep heating systems tuned up by cleaning and replacing filters and clearing out heating vents and furnace registers; caulk and weather strip drafty windows and doors; keep shades open during the day and close them at night; leave pools and spas unheated; and to turn off unnecessary lights and avoid using major appliances.
So, what happened to all the excess Natural Gas? Didn't we have an oversupply problem?
SAN RAMON, Calif. — Pacific Gas and Electric, one of the nation's largest utilities, set an all-time record for natural gas consumption Monday.
The folks at PG&E's new natural gas control center say that the recent California cold spell has chilled everything down and on Monday a record was set with peak demand reaching about 4.9 billion cubic feet.
PG&E Gas Systems Director Mel Christopher tells KTVU that during Thanksgiving the system recorded 2.4 billion cubic feet.
He adds that the amount of gas being used currently is double what they typically see, and beats the last record set 15 years ago.
everything is status quo until an extraordinary event occurs, and this cold spell, early in the season, is an extraordinary event. this week's draw will be larger than last week's draw as the west coast is now cold too. of course, if january turns out to be warmer, then spot gas will return to lower prices, but the $3's are gone most likely until april. and, if jan, feb, or march are COLDER than normal, and price takes out $4.50, we could be at $6 or $7 in a hurry.