Voluntary Flex Alert in effect for California residents due to high temperatures

A statewide Flex Alert has been issued calling for residents to voluntarily conserve electricity through 10 p.m. Tuesday due to the high temperatures.

The Flex Alert is in effect from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday.

The California Independent System Operator Corporation issued the statewide alert due to high temperatures and high energy demand and urge consumers to conserve electricity especially during the afternoon when air conditioners typically are at peak use.

Consumers can help avoid power interruptions by turning off all unnecessary lights, using major appliances before 4 p.m. and after 10 p.m. and setting air conditioners to 78-degrees or higher, according to the California ISO.

ISO anticipates energy demand reaching a peak of 42,800 megawatts Tuesday evening.

More conservation tips from the California ISO includes:

-- Set thermostat at 78° or higher and turn off, if away
-- Cool with fans and draw drapes
-- Turn off unnecessary lights and appliances
-- Use major appliances in the morning or late evening

Learn more at http://www.flexalert.org.