SWEPCO crews have been working tirelessly to restore power to nearly 9,000 residents who lost electricity Wednesday due to a substation failure. In an effort to help restore power to those who are still without, SWEPCO officials are asking residents in Stonewall, Kingston and Frierson to conserve energy.

SWEPCO issued the following statement Wednesday evening:

SWEPCO is asking customers in the Stonewall, Kingston and Frierson areas to conserve power tonight through tomorrow morning.

“Electricity load is very high due to the cold weather,” explained Rick Cain, Distribution system manager for the area. “Under current electric system conditions, we’re unable to restore power to our neighbors in this area because of the high demand for energy. If everyone in the area could turn of unused lights, set their thermostat lower or put off washing until tomorrow, we can get the lights back on for these customers.”

Customers are asked to set thermostats at 68 degrees or cooler so heating systems are not using as much electricity; close blinds and curtains to keep heat inside; delay use of large appliances such as dishwashers, washing machines and dryers; and turn off lights in rooms not being used.

“We understand it’s uncomfortable and inconvenient to turn down the temperature in your home or put off chores for a day, but your efforts will help the power restoration process,” Cain said.