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Officials issue statewide 'flex alert' in response to high temps, energy demand

Posted at 5:05 PM, Jun 11, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-11 20:32:17-04

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — PG&E is urging customers to cut back on electricity after a statewide Flex Alert was issued Tuesday for high temps and energy demand.

California Independent System Operator, which manages the state’s power grid, say the alert will be in effect from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Officials say a Flex Alert is issued for customers to immediately conserve electricity and shift power demand to off-peak hours to ease strain on the grid.

PG&E encourages customers to reduce electricity use today, especially during the afternoon, when air conditioners are typically at peak use.

Below are some energy saving tips:

  • Adjust your thermostat to 78 degrees or higher or turn it off if you will be away from home. Use a fan instead of air conditioning, when possible.
  • Draw drapes and turn off unnecessary lighting.
  • Keep refrigerator full (with bottles of water if nothing else) and unplug any second refrigerator in the home or garage.
  • Avoid using electrical appliances and devices. Put off tasks such as vacuuming, laundry, dish washing and computer time until after 10 p.m.
  • Set your pool pump to run overnight instead of during the day.