LADWP urges public to conserve electricity during heat wave

- With the heat wave coming to LA this weekend and Monday, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power is asking customers to reduce electricity when possible, while not putting health at risk. 

The department says this is most crucial on Monday when temperatures are expected to be the highest.

Some suggestions to reduce the risk of outages include turning up the thermostat to 78 degrees and turning off lights.

The department warns that the possibility of a power outage during heat waves this summer is higher because of the Aliso Canyon gas leak.

The most effective time to save electricity is between 11:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. when its use is highest.

LADWP recommends the following conservation measures:

--Adjust your thermostat to 78 degrees or higher.

--Be smart about lighting. Turn off unnecessary lights.

--Adjust your water heater down to 120 degrees.

--Use major appliances like washing machines and dishwashers late in the evening or early in the morning.

--Turn off your pool pumps.

LADWP also offers the following tips to prepare for a power outage:

--Store flashlights and batteries in easy-to-reach places around the home. Make a mental note to know where they all are.

--Keep a battery-operated radio nearby for updates on power outages

--Ventilate your home in the evening by opening doors and windows to clear out heat and circulate air.

--Always have a phone charger in the car. Having a fully charged phone to communicate with family and friends during an outage can be both comforting and informative.

--Keep non-perishable food handy. If food in the refrigerator does spoil, you want to be sure to have plenty of alternatives nearby.

--Keep a cooler nearby to transfer food, using whatever ice you have before the outage.

--If you are medically dependent on critical equipment, consider purchasing a gasoline-powered backup generator.

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