Photograph by Colleen Pinski, National Geographic
On August 21, 2017, the Sun is taking a break – its shining rays blocked by a silver moon. It’s in these rare hours that we re-realize the work the Sun does for our community. Here in Glendale, we work hard to harness the power and energy of solar, and when light is blocked – even partially – the City loses a portion of its electricity-generating abilities. So, in honor of our Sun’s day off, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) is asking residents of the Golden State to cut back on power, and “do your thing for the Sun.”
The solar eclipse will start in Glendale at approximately 9:05 a.m., will climax at 10:21 a.m., and conclude at 11:44 a.m. Remember to stay safe though! NASA reminds us to “never look directly at the Sun. You can seriously hurt your eyes, and even go blind. Proper eye protection, like eclipse glasses or a Sun filter, is the only safe option. Sunglasses don't work.”
Instead, head over to Glendale Community College’s Planetarium for their viewing party! The event goes from 9 a.m. to noon, and has everything you’ll need to watch the eclipse safely. As an added bonus, astronomers will be on site for those who want to learn more about this historic moment. Click here for more information on the GCC event.
Glendale’s Downtown Central Library brings another great option with a live-stream of the eclipse in their newly renovated auditorium! The show starts at 9:00 a.m. and ends at noon.
Tips to reduce energy while the Sun puts its feet up: **They’ll save you $$$ on your electricity bill too!**
Use a ceiling fan instead of the AC whenever possible.
If you do use an air conditioner, set the thermostat to 78 degrees or higher
Put off the use of major appliances until after 9:00 p.m.
Close all curtains and blinds to keep out direct sunlight.
Make sure all HVAC vents are clean and filters have been replaced.
Turn off lights in rooms that are not in use.
Use LED light bulbs wherever possible since they don’t give off heat.
Check weather stripping on doors and windows so cool air doesn’t escape.
Air or towel dry dishes.
Keep refrigerators full; a full fridge uses less energy.
Unplug “energy vampires” - cell phone chargers, microwave ovens, and other appliances that use energy even when turned off or in sleep mode. Especially those appliances with digital clocks.
Apply for a free shade tree from the City of Glendale. Properly planted shade trees can help residents save 10%-50% in air conditioning costs. Learn more here.
For more energy conservation tips, visit www.GlendaleWaterAndPower.com