PG&E and The ISO Urge Conservation Today

PG&E and The ISO Urge Conservation Today

Pacific Gas and Electric Company is urging customers to conserve energy.  With today’s extreme heat, the utility forecasts consumers may break an all-time record for electricity use today. PG&E forecasts customer demand for energy today at 22,700 megawatts (MWs). The energy company’s previous system peak load was on July 25, 2006, when customer demand for electricity hit 22,468 MWs.  The California Independent System Operator and PG&E are asking consumers to conserve electricity today, especially during the late afternoon from 4 to 7 p.m. when customers typically crank up their air conditioners.  Small changes in your daily routine can also make a big difference in reducing demand on the power grid.   Set your air conditioner thermostat to 78 degrees or higher when you're at home, health permitting, and 85 degrees when you're away.    Setting your AC thermostat 5 degrees higher will save about 10 percent on cooling costs.    If you turn your ceiling fan on when using the air conditioner, you can raise your thermostat about 4°F to save energy with no reduction in comfort.    Shut windows and draw the shades to keep in pre-cooled air from the night and early morning.    Have your central cooling duct system checked for leaks. Up to 20 percent of cooled air can be lost through leaky or poorly insulated ducts.   Avoid using an electric oven on hot days. Instead, cook on the stove, use a microwave oven or grill outside.  For more tips on how to save this summer, visit pge.com/summer.

 

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