Pacific Gas and Electric Company asked customers to conserve energy Wednesday after the California Independent System Operation (CAISO) declared a statewide Flex Alert due to high energy demand during a scorching heat wave.
CAISO asked for conservation particularly during the peak hours between 2 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Helpful tips to help drive down energy use include:
☆ Adjust your thermostat to 78 degrees or higher, or turn it off if you’re away from home.
☆ Switch off the lights when you leave a room.
☆ Keep the refrigerator full, and unplug any second refrigerators.
☆ Avoid using appliances during the peak hours of the afternoon and evening, preferably until 9 p.m.
☆ Reset your pool pump to run during off peak hours.
In Oakhurst, forecasts indicated a high of 103 degrees Wednesday, followed by three straight days of 104 degree temperatures. Lows ranged from the high 60s to middle 70s during that time, before a slight cooling period beginning Sunday into the high 90s through Wednesday.