Amid a statewide calling for energy conservation due a blistering heat wave affecting millions of Californians, the Imperial Irrigation District Thursday urged its customers to do their part to conserve power.
The urging follows the California Independent System Operator — the agency that oversees much of the state’s electrical grid — issuing a statewide flex alert Thursday calling for residents to limit electricity usage between 3 p.m. and 10 p.m. in preparation for possible energy shortages stemming from unseasonably hot temperatures.
IID provides water and electricity to the Imperial Valley and power to the eastern part of the Coachella Valley.
The district offered a series of tips for reducing energy consumption, including:
— turning off all unnecessary lights;
— setting thermostats at 78 degrees or higher when at home;
— using shades, blinds or drapes to block the sun from overheating the home;
— using floor or ceiling fans to cool off, and turning them off when leaving the room; and
— avoiding use of appliances like washers, dryers and dishwashers, pool pumps and some industrial equipment, between peak hours of 3 p.m. and 9 p.m.
Temperatures were expected to soar into the triple digits throughout Riverside County Thursday amid a brutal heat wave, set to retain its grip on the region until the weekend, according to the National Weather Service.
A high-pressure system will linger over the western U.S. until it is replaced by a low-pressure system on Saturday, keeping temperatures hot and dry through Friday in most areas, forecasters said.
The NWS issued an excessive heat warning that will last until 8 p.m. Thursday in the Riverside metropolitan area, although the Coachella Valley — forecast to hit 111 degrees in some areas Thursday — was not included in that advisory.
Riverside County has 35 cooling centers available countywide with mandatory mask wearing and social distancing protocols in place.
A full list of the cooling center locations can be found at: www.capriverside.org/Cool-Centers.
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