SoCal Edison Urges Conservation as Temperatures Continue to Rise

The company says it has enough power to meet demand, but here's some additional tips on how you can beat the heat for another week.

The daytime temperatures in Marina del Rey are expected to reach the high 70s and low 80s throughout the week and into next Tuesday, when temperatures are expected to cool, according to the National Weather Service.

Throughout Southern California, electrical companies are warning residents to conserve power. Southern California Edison suggests turning down the air conditioning and closing the blinds, among other things.

Edison officials said in a press release they have enough power to last through the current heat wave, "but with energy use rising during extreme heat conditions, conservation can provide an added reserve should an unexpected power emergency occur, such as mechanical problems affecting a major power plant or wildfires shutting down a major transmission system."

Here are some SoCal Edison tips for saving energy:

  • Set thermostats no lower than 78 degrees.
  • Use electric fans instead of air conditioning when practical.
  • Turn off unused appliances and equipment.
  • Shut off lights when leaving a room.
  • Close drapes and blinds to keep out direct sunlight during hot periods.
  • Avoid using evaporative coolers or humidifiers at the same time an air conditioner is running.
  • Operate swimming pool equipment and energy-intensive appliances, such as dishwashers, washing machines and dryers, during early morning and evening hours.
  • Limit the opening and reopening of refrigerators, which are major users of electricity in most homes.
  • When possible, businesses should shift power-intensive work processes to morning or evening hours.

If getting out of the house seems like a better idea, follow one or more of these suggestions:

  • Go to the beach, even if everyone else is, too.
  • Take a boat tour out of Marina del Rey.
  • Go to the mall and either shop or people watch.
  • Go grocery shopping and spend lots of time in the frozen food aisle.
  • Get a frozen treat: ice cream, yogurt, smoothies.
  • Visit a museum.
  • Go to a water park, although the lines can make it hotter.
  • Visit a friend with a pool (and bring the drinks!) or jump in the ocean.

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