Press Release

LG&E, KU Offer Advice to Help Reduce the Impacts of Continued Extreme Cold
Simple Actions Can Lower Energy Usage, Reduce Demands on Power System


(LOUISVILLE, Ky.) — 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.

  • Adjust your thermostat to 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 one-fourth the time.

Visit the LG&E and KU website for additional winter conservation tips and information concerning energy efficiency programs.

Louisville Gas and Electric Company and Kentucky Utilities Company, part of the PPL Corporation (NYSE: PPL) family of companies, are regulated utilities that serve a total of 1.2 million customers and have consistently ranked among the best companies for customer service in the United States. LG&E serves 318,000 natural gas and 393,000 electric customers in Louisville and 16 surrounding counties. KU serves 539,000 customers in 77 Kentucky counties and five counties in Virginia. More information is available at and