Resources for Staying Safe During Extreme Heat

Over the coming days, California and the rest of the West Coast will face a heatwave that will put pressure on our energy grid. A widespread & long-duration heatwave will impact much of the state Wednesday through Saturday. High temperatures will range from 100 to 110 degrees across the Central Valley by mid and late week, while inland areas of southern California range from 100 to 120 degrees, even hotter near Death Valley.

These temperatures will be dangerous for a large segment of the population. Extreme heat will significantly increase the potential for heat related illnesses, particularly for those working outdoors, participating in outdoor activities, and those who are heat sensitive.

In order to avoid electricity shortages, states like California are asking residents to reduce energy usage in order to prevent service interruptions. Consumers have delivered considerable conservation levels during the past years, and every bit of conservation helps.

It’s especially important to limit energy usage from 5 pm to 10 pm. Limit the use of energy and intensive technology during peak hours and over cool your home overnight and in the morning in order to stay cool all day.

Sign up to receive Flex Alert notifications from your utility provider to help California conserve energy during times of grid stress.

Resources
Conserving Energy at Home
  • Close window coverings and lower the thermostat to pre-cool your home.
    • Set your thermostat to 78° or higher between 4pm and 9pm
    • Use smart or programmable features to help maintain energy savings when you’re not home.
    • Use fans for cooling.
  • Turn off unnecessary lights.
  • Unplug unnecessary devices and equipment when not in use.
  • Avoid using large appliances.
    • Clean or replace dirty filters.
    • Turn your water heater down to 120 degrees or to the "normal" setting.
  • Keep pets indoors during the hottest part of the day and provide cool fresh water.
Before Energy Saving Measures
  • Make sure all electronics and portable power banks are charged.
  • Turn off or unplug electrical appliances that could spark when power returns.
  • Make sure flashlights work and have backup batteries.
  • Know how to open garage doors manually.
  • Fill up gas tanks in case outage impacts gas stations.
  • Keep cash on hand in case outage impacts ATMs.
  • Stock First Aid supplies and medications.