Reduce Electricity Usage Between 4 pm and 9 pm
Extreme temperatures and the duration of this heatwave is causing record demand on California's energy grid and the region is at risk for power outages.

We are asking all residents and businesses to reduce their electricity usage between 4 pm and 9 pm. 

The National Weather Service has issued an Excessive Heat Warning.

Set your thermostat to 78° between 4 PM and 9 PM.

Use your AC to super cool your home during the day to enjoy a cool evening.

Energy-Saving Tips for Residents

Please help by following these conservation tips, especially from 4 PM – 9 PM
  • Set your air conditioner thermostat to 78° or higher.
  • Use large appliances before 4 PM or after 9 PM.
  • Turn off all unnecessary lights and appliances.
  • Close your window coverings to help keep your home cool.
  • Minimize opening and closing the refrigerator door.
  • If you are going away for the weekend, consider setting your thermostats to 80° or higher.

Air Conditioning

  • Pre-cool your home by running the air conditioning at 72° degrees in the early morning (when it is more efficient) and then set your system to 78 or higher during the hottest part of the day.

Smart Energy Usage

  • Use smart or programmable features to help maintain energy savings when you are not at home.
  • Turn off unnecessary lighting and use tasks or desktop lamps with LEDs instead of overhead lights.
  • Enable "power management" on all computers and turn off when not in use.
  • Unplug phone chargers, power strips (those without a switch), and other equipment when not in use. Taken together, these small items can use as much power as your refrigerator.

Major Appliances

  • Minimize the opening of refrigerator and freezer doors.
  • Postpone using major appliances like the oven, dishwasher, clothes washer, and dryer until cooler times of the day to avoid heating up your home.
  • Run your dishwasher and clothes washer only when full. Wait until after 9 PM to use these and other major appliances.
  • When possible, wash clothes in cold water. 
  • Turn your electric water heater down to 120° or the "normal" setting.

Energy-Saving Tips for Businesses

  • Set thermostats to 78° or higher.
  • Precool workspace and cycle air conditioning and ventilation.
  • Turn off equipment that is not in use.
  • Turn off all unneeded lighting including decorative lighting and display lighting.
  • Charge batteries before 4 PM or after 9 PM.
  • Run ice machines in the early afternoon or late at night.
  • Cover refrigerated display cases.
If you have any questions on how you can conserve energy, call (818) 238-3730 or Email Us >
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