In a rare joint press release, SLEMCO and Lafayette Utilities System today warned customers to conserve electricity or face the consequences: “emergency controlled power outages to protect the transmission system from long-term damage.”
With record high temperatures, Acadiana’s electrical infrastructure is being maxed out, and according to the press release the high usage is “causing constraints on the transmission lines.” According to the providers, one scenario for controlling usage would be to interrupt electrical service for 30 minutes in affected areas as “a last resort.”
Tips to control usage, according to SLEMCO and LUS:
• Customers who need air conditioning should set the thermostat to 80 degrees or higher
• If possible, customers should use fans instead of air conditioners
• Don’t use major appliances, such as electric dryers, ranges, washing machines and dehumidifiers — if necessary, shift their use to night-time hours
• Close blinds, drapes and curtains during the heat of the day
• Turn off unnecessary lights and refrain from using computers
There will soon be a whole lot of shakin’ going on at Benny’s Sportshack Supplement Depot, a new concept by Opelousas native Benny Nele. Located at 2002 Johnston St., the supplement shop, smoothie bar and café, featuring hot off the press paninis and wraps, plans to open in late May.
Philip deMahy Sr., a once respected New Iberia ad exec, was sentenced May 2 to spend the next two years (he faced up to 100 years) in a state penitentiary after state and federal investigators found dozens of images depicting children engaged in lewd sexual acts on his personal computer.