It’s summer in the desert, and Southern California Edison is offering tips to survive.
Have a safety preparedness plan, and know where the nearest cooling center is, so you can go there when the power goes out at your home.
Never to leave a child or an elderly person, or a pet alone in an enclosed vehicle, even with the windows open.
During periods of high energy demand, such as heat waves, customers can help relieve stress on the power grid by voluntarily reducing energy usage. It won’t keep you cool, but you could get financial incentives from Edison’s Demand Response Programs.
The Smart Energy Program is a year-round program that offers bill credits to people who own a smart thermostat. You would have to sign up to let Edison remotely adjust your thermostat to reduce the use of your air conditioner. You’d get a 75 dollar one-time bonus, and 40 dollars every year you are in the program. If you decide to override Edison’s remote control of your thermostat, you could be kicked out of the program.
The Summer Discount Plan is also year-round and allows Edison to turn off your home air conditioner. Customers can earn bill credits on their summer season bills. There’s no cost to enroll or participate in this program
The Power Saver Rewards Program rewards you for voluntarily reducing your energy use during certain periods of high demand, when the electrical grid is stressed due to high demand and short supply.
Customers earn $2 for each kilowatt-hour of energy they save.
Power Saver Rewards events can occur any time from 4 to 9 p.m. on summer days between May 1 and October 31.
California’s reliance on wind and solar power, and shutting power plants that use nuclear, natural gas and coal to produce electricity, has left the state unable to meet the growing power needs.
Twenty years ago few people owned a computer, now nearly everyone does. And few people unplug their computer. Every smartphone has to be recharged…using electricity.
Everyone who owns an electric car now has to recharge that, putting more stress on the power grid, which has been unable to keep up with the demand, especially when the sun goes down and the wind stops blowing.
Never approach or touch downed power lines or anything that has come into contact with them. If you do see a downed line, call 911 immediately.
A Flex Alert is a call for consumers to voluntarily conserve electricity when there is an anticipated shortage of energy supply, typically between the hours of 5-10 p.m. which is the time a lot of people get home from work, and need to run washers and dryers, and air conditioners, and stoves and other kitchen appliances, and possible even recharge the electric car.
Flex Alerts are issued by the California Independent System Operator or Cal-ISO.
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