What can customers do to help reduce the need for rolling blackouts?
In case of extreme weather conditions, consumers and businesses are urged to reduce their electricity use to the lowest possible level.
Steps To Take During Hot Weather:
- Be sure to set programmable thermostats to higher temperatures when no one is home, and 2-3 degrees higher than your normal temperature during the late afternoon to evening hours (3-7 p.m.).
- Use fans at home whenever possible. They cost far less to run, and when used in conjunction with your air conditioner or evaporative cooler, they can reduce the need to use your cooling system.
- If you have a pool, set pool pumps to run early in the morning or overnight; shut them off from 4-6 p.m.
- During peak demand, turn off any nonessential lights and appliances, and ensure they are unplugged.
- It is also recommended to avoid using large appliances (washing machines, ovens, etc.) during peak hours, typically between 3-7 p.m. on hot days.
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