In response to extreme temperatures and the possibility of rolling blackouts, the City of Plano announced Monday that several libraries and recreation centers will be available for residents to use as cooling stations.
All public libraries, with the exception of Harrington, will be available to the public. Also serving as cooling stations will be the Carpenter Recreation Center, Oak Point Recreation Center, Tom Muhlehbeck Recreation Center and Liberty Recreation Center. The Sam Johnson Recreation Center is also a good option for seniors.
All facilities will operate during normal business hours provided they have power.
Plano officials also encourage residents to adhere to the energy conservation steps recommended by Oncor. They include the following:
- Turn off unnecessary lights and equipment.
- Turn thermostats up 2 to 3 degrees.
- Set programmable thermostats to higher temperatures when no one is home.
- Use fans to feel 4 to 6 degrees cooler.
- Limit use of large appliances (i.e., dishwasher, washer, dryer, etc.).
- If you cook indoors, use a microwave or slow cooker.
- Close blinds and drapes during late afternoon.
- Schedule pool pumps to run in the early morning or overnight hours.