Libraries are open as weekend chill centers by the city of San Antonio

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SAN ANTONIO – The city of San Antonio opened its libraries as cooling centers this weekend for residents in need of shelter from the heat, according to a news release.

The announcement comes after six Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) power facilities were taken offline on Friday, and the state’s main electric grid operator is now asking residents across the state to save energy this weekend.

The city said the cooling centers are available to the public during regular business hours. VIA Metropolitan Transit is offering free rides to and from cooling centers as long as they remain open. Locals can Click here to visit the San Antonio Office of Emergency Management website for both a map and a list of cooling centers.

CPS Energy also encourages its customers to save energy at home, by following this guide:

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  • Set thermostats 2-3 degrees higher from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.; set programmable thermostats to higher temperatures when no one is home. The optimum energy-saving temperature is 78 degrees.

  • Avoid using large appliances (i.e. ovens, washing machines, etc.), especially during peak hours.

  • Use fans to feel 4-6 degrees cooler. Remember: fans cool people by moving air over their skin. They do not cool rooms and should be turned off in empty rooms.

  • Set pool pumps to run early in the morning or at night; stop from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

  • Turn off and unplug non-essential lights and appliances.

  • Close blinds and blinds on windows exposed to direct sunlight.

  • Charging electric vehicles after 9 p.m.

You can find the locations and hours of operation of cooling centers by click here.

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