(Victor Valley)- – Most Valley residents are used to hot temperatures during the summer months. They take in stride as part of living in the desert. Although the temps this week are a bit higher than we’re used to, it isn’t out of the ordinary for this time of year.
However, very high temperatures are affecting all of Southern California and most of our neighbors this week. That could put a strain on the power grid. Although Southern California Edison (SCE) expects to have sufficient resources to meet the electricity demand, they are still urging customers to conserve power. Conservation can provide an added reserve should an unexpected power emergency occur, such as mechanical problems affecting a major power plant or wildfires shutting down a major transmission system.
SCE offers these tips to help conserve energy and keep your electric bill down during the heat from:
- Set thermostats no lower than 78 degrees.
- Use electric fans instead of air conditioning when practical.
- Turn off unused appliances and equipment.
- Shut off lights when leaving a room.
- Close drapes and blinds to keep out direct sunlight during hot periods.
- Avoid using evaporative coolers or humidifiers at the same time an air conditioner is running.
- Operate swimming pool equipment and energy-intensive appliances, such as dishwashers, washing machines and dryers, during early morning and evening hours.
- Limit the opening and reopening of refrigerators, which are major users of electricity in most homes.
- When possible, businesses should shift power-intensive work processes to morning or evening hours.
- Turn off lights in unused areas.
Another way that High Desert residents can stay cool is to visit one of the Cooling Centers, one is located at the Adelanto Community Toolbox, 11744 Bartlett Ave, Adelanto, CA 92301, 760-246-7874; another one is at Lucerne Valley Senior Center 10431 Allen Way, Lucerne Valley, CA 92356, (760) 248-2248.
Other locations can be found at www.sce.com/coolcenters.
Conservation also helps minimize the impact on the distribution system when customers use energy around-the-clock. Conservation helps customers keep their bills lower during high temperatures; bills can increase up to 30 percent for residential customers who use air conditioning. Conservation also helps reduce stress on the overall electrical system.
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