The National Weather Service issued an excessive heat warning in Southern California effective immediately until Thursday, October 26.
Glendale Water and Power encourages all residents to conserve as much energy as possible this week without jeopardizing their or their pets’ health.
GWP recommends setting thermostats to 78°F or higher and not using appliances until after 9 p.m. as the most effective ways to reduce power usage.
In a public statement, Glendale Water and Power said, “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 statement added.
Following this list of simple and highly effective actions to conserve energy:
Limit appliance use during peak hours of the day
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 to 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, DVD players, microwave ovens and other appliances that use energy even when turned off or in sleep mode. Especially those appliances with digital clocks.
Glendale cooling stations at the following locations will be open throughout the week:
Adult Recreation Center
201 E. Colorado
Monday - Thursday: 8 am – 8 pm
Friday: 8 am – 4 pm
Sparr Heights Community Center
1613 Glencoe Way
Monday - Thursday: 8 am – 6 pm
Friday: 8 am – 3 pm
Pacific Community Center
501 South Pacific Avenue
Monday - Thursday: 9 am – 9 pm
Friday: 9 am – 5 pm
For more energy and water conservation tips, visit www.GlendaleWaterAndPower.com.