So, it's come to this.

Since Old Man Winter is not quite done screwing with us here in West Texas, the requests to do whatever we can to save power continue to make headlines here in the Hub City.

Now, Lubbock Power & Light have thrown out the idea that you should only do your laundry during certain hours to save energy.

From a press release that LP&L released on Wednesday:

Customers are encouraged to perform tasks such as washing dishes and doing laundry during the hours of 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. when system-wide electric usage is low.  Keeping tasks that require large amounts of electricity to this timeframe will allow customers to perform necessary tasks without risking overburdening the regional electric grid.

 

Ummm...what?

They're actually requesting that dishes and laundry only be done between noon and 5 p.m. Now, I'd imagine that there is a crazy reason that most people don't do laundry and dishes during that time. Maybe it's the fact that most of us are AT WORK?

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Yeah, I think that I'll be a little busy between noon and 5. You see, I'll actually be working so that I can afford to pay my LP&L bill, which I'm sure is going to be only slightly more than the Gross Domestic Product of Turkmenistan. They actually expect us to take off work to scrub barbecue sauce off of our plates and underwear? (Yes, I eat ribs in my BVDs, thankyouverymuch.)

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On the surface, it's an admirable ask, albeit not well thought out. It reminds me of my time living in California when they would jack up the rates and basically force people to do laundry, et al, after about 10 p.m. That's not as unreasonable of a request because there's a good chance that people would actually be home to do laundry at that time. I'm just saying.

Although if you have pets at home, perhaps this is an opportunity to teach them to earn their keep while you work to pay that astronomical LP&L bill.

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That's right, Mittens. No starch in my tighty-whities, please.

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