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Excessive Heat Warning - Energy Saving Tips

The National Weather Service has issued an Excessive Heat Warning for Southern California in effect from July 6th through July 8th. Glendale Water & Power is encouraging all residents to conserve as much energy as possible, without jeopardizing their health or the health of their pets and loved ones. The most effective ways to reduce power usage are by setting air conditioning thermostats to 78 degrees or higher, and by putting off the use of major appliances until after 9:00 p.m.

Reducing energy use can help prevent power outages that can occur if power system equipment heats up and becomes overloaded. GWP crews are on alert and prepared to respond to heat related outages if they do occur. Extreme heat not only leads to more people operating their air conditioners all at once, but also causes other appliances to work harder in order to perform, which increases the strain on power equipment.

The following is a list of simple and highly effective conservation tips:

  • Use a ceiling fan instead of the AC whenever possible.

  • 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 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.

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