Southern California Edison asks customers to Conserve Electricity during Heat Wave

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(Best Syndication News) This week the weather forecast is for temperatures to hit the 100 degree mark for the Inland Empire and Desert regions of Southern California. The extreme warmth has prompted Southern California Edison (SCE) to ask their customers to use less power during the day.

The conservation of energy usage will help ease the increased demand during the extreme heat. Additionally, using less electricity will help if there is an unexpected power emergency, such as a mechanical problem or wildfire.

SCE explains that one benefit to conserving energy is a reduced electric bill. Customers who use air conditioning can see an increase of up to 30 percent in their bill.

Conserving energy includes keeping the thermostat at 78 degrees or higher. Instead of using air conditioning, use electric fans instead. To help keep the home cool, keep the blinds and drapes drawn to block out the sun.

Shut off any appliance that is not being used. Another easy way to help save electricity is to turn off the lights when leaving the room. Plan to use heavy energy consumption devices, such as the dishwasher and the clothes washer, either early in the morning or in the evening hours.

If there is a power outage, SCE recommends turning off and unplugging any unnecessary electrical appliances. Try to limit the number of times opening and closing the refrigerator doors to keep the food cold. To minimize the effects of heat, make sure to drink plenty of water, especially when the temperature are at its peak.

People with medical conditions and those with low-incomes may want to go to a “Cool Center.” These centers are listed at www.sce.com/coolcenters. People that have electrically powered medical equipment should have a plan in place for an alternate back-up power source or be able to relocate to another place that has electricity.

During the power outage, do not use candles to provide light because of the fire hazard. Instead, SCE recommends using flashlights.

If there is a fallen power line, do not go near it. Instead, promptly call 911, and report the problem.

If the power is out, traffic signals may not be working. Drive carefully and prepare to stop and treat the intersection like a four-way stop.

By: N wilson

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