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Higher Temps Could Mean Power Outages

PG & E says when the heat goes up so does the demand for electricity which can overload circuits causing the equipment to shut down to prevent damage to the entire system.

PG & E says here’s how you can conserve energy and save on your bill:

  • Keep your thermostat at 78°F when you are home and at 85°F when you leave your home. If you are elderly, frail, or sensitive to extreme heat, lower your thermostat to a cool and comfortable level to avoid a heat-related illness.
  • Keep many bottles of water in the refrigerator
  • Switch off unnecessary lights
  • Avoid using appliances during the peak heat of the day
  • Use your microwave to heat food instead of your oven
  • If you have a pool, reset your pool pump to run during off-peak hours of the day

Use energy-efficient products. PG&E provides cash rebates for selected equipment
PG & E offer these tips to stay cool and safe:

  • Stay in the shade: Direct sunlight can speed up the effect the heat has on your body. Do outdoor activities in the morning or evening hours, avoid being in the afternoon heat.
  • Stay hydrated: Keep drinking plenty of water, even if you’re not thirsty. Avoid drinks with caffeine or alcohol.
  • Take showers: A cool shower or bath is a great way to stay cool and much more effective than using an electric fan.
  • Wear loose-fitting, lightweight clothing: If you are outside, don’t forget to wear a hat or carry an umbrella to protect your head and neck.
  • Wear sunscreen: Protect your skin and reduce the risk of sunburn. Sunburn affects your body’s ability to cool itself.
  • For more information about conserving energy and saving money on your electric bill click here.