With near record heat expected to hit Los Angeles this coming Sunday and Monday, June 19-20, LADWP urges all customers to be especially vigilant at reducing electricity use where possible while not putting your health or the health of your pets at risk. This is especially important on Monday, when temperatures and electricity use are expected to be highest. Doing simple things such as turning up your thermostat to 78 degrees and turning off lights will save electricity use and reduce the risk of outages.
The likelihood of a power outage during a heat wave this summer is heightened because of the gas leak that occurred at the Southern California Gas Company’s Aliso Canyon Natural Gas Storage Facility and resulting moratorium on new gas injections at that facility. LADWP and other electric utilities serving the greater Los Angeles area depend upon this facility to maintain power reliability when energy use spikes during hot weather. Gas is used not only in homes and businesses, but is also primary fuel for gas-fired electric power plants. Aliso Canyon is the only gas storage facility that can immediately respond to rapid changes in gas supply for 17 gas-fired generating plants, including four generating stations operated by LADWP in the Los Angeles basin. Because of the potential for gas curtailments, the possibility of energy shortages and related outages this summer has never been higher.
You can help by reducing your use. The most effective time to save electricity is between the hours of 11:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. when its use is highest. LADWP recommends the following conservation measures:
- Adjust your thermostat to 78 degrees or higher.
- Be smart about lighting. Turn off unnecessary lights.
- Adjust your water heater down to 120 degrees.
- Use major appliances like washing machines and dishwashers late in the evening or early in the morning.
- Turn off your pool pumps.
LADWP also offers rebates and programs that can help residential and commercial customers reduce their energy use this summer. For example, LADWP offers rebates of up to $1,000 for a variable speed pool pump, up to $120 per ton for an efficient heating or air conditioning system, and $50 per unit for an efficient room air conditioner. We also offer a $50 rebate and free pick-up and recycling for qualifying residential customers’ old, inefficient refrigerators. For more residential energy-saving tips, visitResidential Savings Tips. For more commercial energy-saving tips, visit Commercial Savings Tips. For more information on residential energy efficiency programs, please visit Residential Rebates & Programs. For more information on commercial energy efficiency programs, please visit Commercial Rebates & Programs.
How to Prepare for a Power Outage
Following are ways that you can prepare for possible power outages:
- Store flashlights and batteries in easy-to-reach places around the home. Make a mental note to know where they all are.
- Keep a battery-operated radio nearby for updates on power outages
- Ventilate your home in the evening by opening doors and windows to clear out heat and circulate air.
- Always have a phone charger in the car. Having a fully charged phone to communicate with family and friends during an outage can be both comforting and informative.
- Keep non-perishable food handy. If food in the refrigerator does spoil, you want to be sure to have plenty of alternatives nearby.
- Keep a cooler nearby to transfer food, using whatever ice you have before the outage.
- If you are medically dependent on critical equipment, consider purchasing a gasoline-powered backup generator.
Additionally, LADWP urges customers to pay careful attention and follow instructions when Flex Alerts are issued during peak energy use periods. You can sign up for Flex Alerts by visiting www.flexalert.org. For the latest information regarding power outages in Los Angeles, follow LADWP on Twitter @LADWP. Customers may also sign up for LADWP email notifications at www.ladwpnews.com.
Thank you from our entire team at LADWP.
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