Utilities Urge Conservation During Heat Wave

Although energy officials say they have enough power to meet demand, they want to be cautious in light of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station outage.

High temperatures are forecast throughout Southern California Tuesday and through the week, and the electrical utilities are warning residents to conserve power.

Southern California Edison sent out a press release urging residents to turn down their air conditioning and close blinds against the sun. Edison officials said in the release they figure they have enough power to last through the heat wave, "but with energy use rising during extreme heat conditions, conservation can provide an added reserve should an unexpected power emergency occur, such as mechanical problems affecting a major power plant or wildfires shutting down a major transmission system."

There were fears this spring that the could , but San Diego Gas & Electric and Southern California Edison

Tips for saving energy:

  • Set thermostats no lower than 78 degrees.
  • Use electric fans instead of air conditioning when practical.
  • Turn off unused appliances and equipment.
  • Shut off lights when leaving a room.
  • Close drapes and blinds to keep out direct sunlight during hot periods.
  • Avoid using evaporative coolers or humidifiers at the same time an air conditioner is running.
  • Operate swimming pool equipment and energy-intensive appliances, such as dishwashers, washing machines and dryers, during early morning and evening hours.
  • Limit the opening and reopening of refrigerators, which are major users of electricity in most homes.
  • When possible, businesses should shift power-intensive work processes to morning or evening hours.
  • Turn off lights in unused areas.
Dusty W Otero August 08, 2012 at 07:37 PM
We are using the "hanging clothes on the line out side,,solar sun dry lol works great ,,uses less power and we save a whopping $60.00 to $80.00 bucks a month savings...plus it reminds me of my old sjc days,,,growing up with our own well water,,,and no electric dryer...please dont be a energy Hog ..


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