From LeHigh Valley Live

UGI Utilities Inc. asks customers in Easton tocontinue to conserve natural gas as frigid temperatures are expected to last into Saturday, according to a news release early Friday afternoon.

If you live within Easton’s city limits and heat with UGI natural gas, you are asked to keep your thermostat at 65 degrees or below through 9 a.m. Saturday. The overnight low is forecast at a record-setting minus-1.

It isn’t that there is a lack of natural gas, UGI spokesman Joe Swope said Wednesday, but it’s Easton’s location at the end of the line, because Warren and Hunterdon counties are served by a different company. UGI can only transmit so much gas through its pipes in a time of heavy demand, Swope said.

“UGI extends its thanks to all those customers who responded thus far to the company’s request for voluntary conservation of natural gas,” the company said in the news release. “UGI’s system performed well during the record cold temperatures experienced Thursday evening and Friday morning, thanks in part to the conservation practiced by our customers in critical areas.”

The corporation’s request is from “an abundance of caution to assist in continuing to ensure system integrity,” UGI said.

UGI is planned for a return of extreme cold next week, the company said.

“The company will advise customers if any additional periods of voluntary conservation are needed,” UGI said.

Customers with questions or concerns can contact the UGI call center at 800-276-2722 for additional information

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