Energy Conservation Plays Important Role During Extended Heat Wave

With several days of high temperatures, the continuous use of electricity can put a strain on the electrical grid.

August 28, 2015 | By Caroline Aoyagi-Stom @SCE_CarolineA

With a hazardous weather alert issued for the third day in a row and high temperatures expected this weekend throughout Southern California, residents are doing their best to stay cool.

Southern California Edison (SCE) reminds its customers that during an extended heat wave, energy conservation is key. With the heavy demand on electricity, there is additional stress on equipment and power outages can impact customers.

“The system is currently performing well” said Jim Cherrie, SCE director of Grid Operations. “However, with many customers using more energy, especially for air conditioning, the increase in demand can put a strain on our equipment.”

Temperatures are forecast to reach as high as 106 degrees in the hottest areas of Los Angeles and Ventura counties as well as the Antelope Valley. Lower temperatures are not expected until Monday.

SCE evaluates and adjusts scheduled maintenance outages during extreme weather conditions to ensure the integrity of the electrical system and keep the public safe.

This week, the utility held two Save Power Days, a program where registered users can save up to $100 in bill credits by helping to conserve energy. For more information about residential and business energy-saving programs, visit:

Customers may report outages at 1-800-611-1911, online or through the SCE Outages App. SCE will provide the latest information about outages at its website and Twitter.

Energy Conservation Tips:

  • Set thermostats no lower than 78 degrees.
  • Close drapes and blinds to keep out direct sunlight during hot periods.
  • Use electric fans instead of air conditioning when practical.
  • Reduce electricity use between noon-6 p.m. — peak hours of energy use.
  • Shut off lights when leaving a room.
  • Limit how often you open your refrigerator door.
  • Avoid air-conditioner use when evaporative coolers or humidifiers are running.
  • When possible, businesses should shift power-intensive work processes to morning or evening hours.

Safety Tips:

  • Keep outdoor activities to a minimum, and drink a lot of water during the hottest parts of the day.
  • During a power outage, turn off and unplug any unnecessary electrical equipment, including sensitive electronics.
  • Open the refrigerator and freezer only when necessary to keep the food cold.
  • Use flashlights for lighting during a power outage; do not use candles because they pose a significant fire hazard.
  • Never attempt to move or go near a downed power line. Call 911 to report the situation.
  • Watch for traffic signals that may be out. Approach those intersections as four-way stops.  

Topics: Customer Service