Los Angeles Department of Water and Power officials warned residents Wednesday to conserve energy during the heat wave that is expected to bring triple-digit temperatures to the Southland through the weekend.
They said demand for power will soar as air conditioners are switched on. Officials want to avoid any possible problems that could develop with the power delivery system when unusual numbers of people want their appliances working.
DWP officials said customers should especially try to cut back on power use between the hours of 11 a.m. and 6 p.m.
“During times of extreme heat, we strongly encourage customers to conserve energy wherever possible as long as it does not jeopardize anyone’s own health or safety or the health and safety of their pets,” DWP General Manager Marcie Edwards said.
DWP officials said they expect power demand to be about 5,200 megawatts in the city of Los Angeles on Thursday, above the usual summer average of 4,700 megawatts.
To help conserve energy, DWP officials recommended:
— adjusting thermostats to 78 degrees;
— limiting the use of appliances such as washing machines and dishwashers during peak hours;
— closing drapes and blinds;
— turning off lights in rooms not being used;
— unplugging devices that can use energy even when they’re not being used, such as cell phone chargers, DVD players and microwave ovens; and
— ventilating homes by opening windows and doors to allow cooler air to circulate.
— City News Service