Flex Alert: Heat wave prompts energy alert in California

SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) — California residents are being urged to conserve electricity Friday as a heat wave hits the state.

The Flex Alert calls for a voluntary electricity conservation, especially during the late afternoon when air conditioners typically are at peak use.

Consumers can help avoid power interruptions by turning off all unnecessary lights, using major appliances before 2 p.m. and after 9 p.m., and setting air conditioners to 78 degrees or higher.

Conservation Tips from the ISO:

• Set thermostat at 78° or higher and turn off, if away
• Cool with fans and draw drapes
• Turn off unnecessary lights and appliances
• Use major appliances in morning or late evening

Triple digit heat will sizzle the Bay Area starting Friday. The heat wave is expected to last until Monday.

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