With temperatures expected to hover near 100 today and tomorrow, the state’s grid operator has issued a request for residents across the state to voluntarily conserve energy in the late afternoon and evenings.
The Flex Alert, called by the California Independent System Operator (CAISO), was issued Thursday and will be in effect on Friday from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. The grid operator is forecasting an higher electric load, and energy supply forecasted to be tighter than expected on Friday, primarily from heavy air-conditioning use due to the heat.
PG&E suggests the following ways to help save energy and keep the power on:
• Pre-cool your home or workspace. Lower your thermostat in the morning. As the temperature rises outside, raise your thermostat and circulate the pre-cooled air with a fan.
• Set your thermostat at 78 degrees or higher, health permitting.
• When it’s cooler outside, bring the cool air in: If the outside air is cool in the night or early morning, open windows and doors and use fans to cool your home.
• Close your shades and blinds.
• Cool down with a fan: Fans keep air circulating, allowing you to raise the thermostat a few degrees and stay just as comfortable while reducing your air-conditioning costs.
• Charge your electric vehicles outside peak hours. Along with not using large appliances, remember to charge your electric vehicle in the morning or after 9 p.m.
• Clear the area around your AC unit: Your air-conditioning unit will operate more efficiently if it has plenty of room to breathe.