Conserve Energy, Save Money This Summer
June 2021. Although it might seem that simply flipping a switch makes electricity appear from nowhere, there’s a whole complex system of energy infrastructure that make our electrified world possible. The energy grid supplies homes and businesses with the power they need the vast majority of the time, but occasional brownouts occur when there’s an insufficient supply of electricity to meet the high demand at a given time. During brownouts people with health conditions who need a consistent supply of power to operate health-related equipment and other vulnerable populations are especially impacted by the lack of energy. In order to avoid brownouts and ensure electricity is available for everyone who needs it, we can help by conserving energy when the California Independent System Operator (CAISO) issues Flex Alerts (and also every day!).
Here are some easy ways to reduce your personal energy footprint:
- Set thermostats to cool to no lower than 78 degrees in summer.
- Avoid using evaporative coolers or humidifiers when an air conditioner is running.
- Operate energy-intensive appliances, such as dishwashers, washing machines and dryers, during early-morning hours. Do not operate appliances or pool equipment from 5–10 p.m.
- Limit the opening and reopening of refrigerators.
- Reduce air conditioning, and use fans instead of air conditioning when practical.
- Turn off all auxiliary or redundant equipment where possible.
- Turn off lights in any unoccupied area.
- Shift operations to outside the hours of 5–10 p.m.
Residents and business owners who want to help reduce their impact on the shared energy grid, and earn money doing so, can consider participating in the Clean Power Alliance’s Power Response Program or Southern California Edison’s Summer Discount Plan. Both of these programs offer incentives for participating, meaning you could do your part to conserve energy AND save money! Here’s how CPA’s Power Response Program works: install a smart thermostat or battery energy storage system in your home, enroll in the program via the link provided, and then follow the power-saving instructions sent to you by CPA during energy events. SCE’s Summer Discount Plan works slightly differently: after signing up, SCE will install a remote-controlled device on your air conditioner which will allow them to turn off/alter your A/C unit during energy events.
When we work together to reduce brownouts, everyone can enjoy consistent electrical power. Thanks for doing your part!