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Bracing for Cold Weather in Texas

February 1, 2022

Bracing for Cold Weather in Texas

Conserve Power and Prepare for Potential Outages

Conservation Prep for Cold Weather

More cold weather is in the forecast this week, driving temperatures down with ice and snow expected in parts of North and West Texas. And while this cold front is not predicted to be as extreme or last as long as Winter Storm Uri, Texans should do their part to conserve energy starting Thursday evening through Saturday morning. Businesses and residents in Texas can help by reducing the setpoint on thermostats, turning off and unplugging non-essential lights and appliances, closing shades and blinds, and avoid using large appliances (ovens, washing machines, etc).

Potential Power Outages

While widescale power outages are not predicted at this time, there is a potential for rolling blackouts or isolated outages on Thursday evening and again on Friday and Saturday during the morning hours. Texans who lose power should notify their local Transmission/Distribution Service Provider (TDSP) by utilizing their outage websites, downloading and using their apps, or calling their outage hotlines. Links and numbers are provided below:

AEP Texas (866-223-8508)

CenterPoint Energy (800-332-7143)

Oncor (888-313-4747)

TNMP (888-866-7456)

Looking for Your ESI ID (aka your meter’s unique identifier)?

It is best to be prepared before you have power issues by locating your meter’s unique identifier, also known as your ESI ID number. This identification number is easy to locate on a recent electric bill or it can be found through various third-party websites.

Stay Safe

While we do not anticipate the type of catastrophic event that Texas experienced last year, it is still important to be prepared for how this cold weather and potential power loss might affect your home and your business. The team at 5 is ready to help with any energy-related questions or needs.


Written by 5

Founded in 2011, 5 comprises a team of energy innovators, commodity traders, analysts, engineers, and former energy supplier executives. Together, they serve a broad array of private and public sector clients throughout the United States and Mexico, providing strategic advice on energy-related matters including procurement, demand-side management, rate optimization, regulatory intervention, benchmarking, bill auditing, RFP management, sustainability planning services, renewable power, and distributed generation. With an eye on growth, 5 has initiated a number of strategic partnerships and acquisitions, including the 2019 acquisition of Luthin Associates. 5 has been named to the Inc. 5000 list of fastest-growing companies in the U.S. for five consecutive years. The firm has also received numerous accolades and national awards for its corporate culture, leadership and innovation, including 5 consecutive years as a top 10 Best Company to Work for in Texas according to Texas Monthly Magazine.