Save Power-Avert Outages

By: Madison Davis, CEO/President, Brisbane Chamber of Commerce, madison@brisbanechamber.org, 415-467-7283

As California grapples with extreme heat, and likely more heatwaves in the Fall, Californians are urged to reduce their energy usage to avoid power outages. In order to relieve pressure on the grid, limit energy use from 3 pm-10 pm during heatwaves. Things like using air conditioning, charging electric vehicles, using personal fans, or other energy-intensive technology, should be avoided.

The State’s Office of Emergency Services recommends the following to reduce energy usage:

  • Over-cool homes overnight and in the morning so they will continue to stay cool once the AC is turned off throughout the afternoon and evening
  • Enroll in Flex Alert notifications from PG&E to be alerted when energy usage should be reduced
  • Postpone using major appliances (dishwasher, oven, washing machine/dryer) until cooler times of day
  • Lower your water heater to 120 degrees
  • Set your thermostat to 78 degrees or higher
  • Close windows and blinds in the morning to keep the heat out
  • Use lamps and LEDs instead of overhead lights
  • Turn off and unplug equipment when not in use

For more tips and information visit: flexalert.org