California Flex Alert: What You Need to Know

California Flex Alert: What You Need to Know

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The California Independent System Operator (ISO) issued a statewide Flex Alert calling for Californians to conserve electricity from now through Wednesday, from 2 pm to 9 pm each day.

During this time there is not a sufficient amount of energy to meet the high demand during the record-breaking heatwave and consumers should be prepared for likely rolling outages in the late afternoons and early evenings through Wednesday.

However, you can actively help by shifting your energy use to morning and late-night hours and conserving as much energy as possible during the late afternoon and evening hours. Your energy conservation can help lower demand and avoid further actions including outages, and lessen the duration of an outage. 

Flex Alert Tips:

Between 2 pm and 9 pm 

  • Set your A/C to 78 degrees, if health permits
  • Avoid using major appliances
  • Turn off unnecessary lights
  • Unplug unused electrical devices
  • Close blinds and drapes
  • Use fans when possible
  • Limit time the refrigerator door is open

Before 2 pm 

  • “Pre-cool” your home by turning your A/C down to 72 degrees
  • Charge electric vehicles
  • Charge mobile devices and laptops
  • Run dishwashers, washing machines, and other major appliances
  • Set pool pumps to run in the early morning or late at night

The ISO recognizes that reducing energy use during the hot time of the day is a hardship, especially for those working from home or with children schooling at home. However, if a large number of consumers do their part in small ways, conservation can make a difference.

Please be prepared for possible outages over the next few days and help to spread the word about the need to conserve during this time. Sign up for alerts and get more information at: flexalert.org

Looking for ways to reduce your energy usage throughout the year? Visit MCE’s energy savings webpage for homes and multifamily properties to learn more about how you can reduce your energy consumption and save money on your electric bill.

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