Heat Wave Causing Power Shortage

State Residents Asked to Cut Back on Energy Usage

To avoid statewide blackouts or brownouts from an impending energy shortage brought on by the current heat wave, Southern California Edison and PG&E officials are asking their customers to cut back on electricity today. The shortage warning went into effect at noon and will continue until 6 p.m.

The Santa Barbara County Office of Emergency Management issued a statement earlier today that suggested area residents:

• Turn off all unnecessary lights, appliances, computers, monitors, and other electronic equipment.

• When possible, close blinds that get direct sun, set air conditioning thermostats to 78 degrees or higher, and use fans to cool the air.

• Avoid using your space heaters, dishwasher, laundry equipment, hair dryers, coffee makers, or other appliances during the peak hours of noon - 6 p.m.

• Avoid opening refrigerators or freezers more than necessary.

• Use a gas range or microwave for cooking instead of an electric range or electric oven.

Officials said more information on the shortage will be released as soon as it’s available.

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