Flex Alert issued from 3 to 10 pm on Thursday, October 1, 2020.

The heat wave we will experience today may draw down power resources, posing the possibility of rotating outages. Please reduce your energy use - Doing so helps ensure our State has enough supply to meet demand for electricity.

Here are ways you can help conserve energy:

  • Raise the thermostat: Set the thermostat to 78 degrees when at home, health permitting. Turn it up to 85 degrees or turn it off when not at home.
  • Use a ceiling fan: Turn on a ceiling fan when using the air conditioner, which will allow the thermostat to be raised about 4 degrees to save on cooling costs with no reduction in comfort.
  • Turn off fans and lights when you leave the room.
  • Cover windows: Use shade coverings and awnings so the air conditioner won’t have to work as hard to cool the home.
  • Avoid using the oven: Instead, cook on the stove, use a microwave or grill outside.
  • Limit the opening of refrigerators, which are major users of electricity in most homes. The average refrigerator is opened 33 times a day.
  • Charge cars after 9 or 10 pm.

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