Electric grid operator PJM is urging customers to conserve electricity due to the cold temperatures

VALLEY FORGE, Pa. (WPVI) — Cold temperatures affect the power grid.

PJM Interconnection, the local electric grid operator, is asking customers to conserve energy from Saturday at 4 a.m. to Sunday at 10 a.m.

Power consumption is currently higher than usual and officials say conservation is important to prevent power outages.

PJM Interconnection is an electric grid operator for 65 million people in 13 states and the District of Columbia.

Local power companies, such as PECO and PSE&G, are members of PJM.

PJM says some steps you can take to save electricity are setting your thermostat lower than usual if your health allows. Another option is to avoid using large appliances such as stoves, dishwashers and dryers, and to turn off non-essential lights and equipment.

PJM says this will ensure adequate power supplies during these cold temperatures.

They will continue to monitor the power status and do everything they can to maintain power.

If necessary, PJM says they will reduce the voltage.

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