SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The California Independent System Operator (ISO) has extended Wednesday's Flex Alert to also include Thursday, Sept. 1.
California often issues Flex Alerts and calls on people to conserve power during hot weather when the power grid may be strained, typically between 4-9 p.m.
Hot weather impacting much of the state and tight energy supply can often prompt the added call for people to conserve electricity. Voluntary use, like reducing major appliance use and turning off lights, can help reduce the strain on the power grid.
The grid is often expected to be most stressed during the late afternoon and early evening as demand increases and solar energy wanes.
When temperatures are high, officials often ask Californians to do the following before 4 p.m.:
- Pre-cool home by setting the thermostat to as low as 72 degrees
- Use major appliances, including:
- Washer and dryer
- Oven and stove for pre-cooking and preparing meals
- Adjust blinds and drapes to cover windows
Californians can also do the following between 4-9 p.m.:
- Set thermostat to 78 degrees or higher, if health permits
- Avoid using major appliances
- Turn off all unnecessary lights
For more conservation tips, you can visit FlexAlert.org
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