High temperatures prompt call to conserve power


California power grid operators are urging residents to conserve power as high temperatures tempt many to turn on their air conditioners.

Some areas of the Bay Area and the Central Valley experienced triple-digit temperatures Tuesday, June 30 and today, July 1, is forecasted to be even hotter.

Air conditioning use during such a heat wave can put a massive strain on the state's power grid, and while the California Independent System Operator isn't advising residents to turn off their air conditioners, it is recommending some steps to reduce that strain.

Residents have been asked to turn off unnecessary lights, not use major appliances until after 9 p.m. and set air conditioners at 78 degrees or higher.

Such measures could save up to 1,000 megawatts of electricity, enough to power a million households, and prevent blackouts, California ISO officials said.

The Flex Alert will be in effect from 2 p.m. until 9 p.m.

— Bay City News Service

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Posted by Judith Schwartz
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Jul 1, 2015 at 10:34 am

Even though Palo Alto has its own utility and power purchase agreements, the electricity we use is carried on the same transmission lines and pulled from a common supply of electrons generated to support the region. It will be a huge help for the bay area if we can all do our part to help keep the grid stable.

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Posted by neighbor
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jul 1, 2015 at 10:45 am

Without an A/C, we have the incentive to use ventilation, and other means to keep cool. Yesterday, I cut up a thermal blanket from one of our many emergency kits and placed it in key sunny windows. It especially helped in bathrooms with tile. We stayed cooler than outside until evening.

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Posted by KP
a resident of South of Midtown
on Jul 1, 2015 at 11:06 am

KP is a registered user.

I'm glad we cut back on water early - now my grandkids visiting from out of town are playing in our sprinklers!
Okay, I opened myself up to the "hate comments"! LMFAO!!

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Posted by Michele
a resident of Greenmeadow
on Jul 1, 2015 at 1:39 pm

KP - I would call that a one-off - we all deserve those! Have fun with them! Don't know how old they are but the Mitchell Park sprinkler park (used to be a kiddie pool) looks like a lot of fun too!

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Posted by Hmmm
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Jul 1, 2015 at 2:34 pm

Neighbor - what an intriguing solution. Did you just gang it on a curtain rod?

We close up the house early in the morning then open it up when the outside temp starts to drop. We get a good cross breeze and lots of fans help, too. We even try to have cold breakfast with iced coffee made the night before to avoid heating up the kitchen. We rarely use our clothes dryer, stove or oven when it's hot.

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Posted by KP
a resident of South of Midtown
on Jul 2, 2015 at 9:28 am

@Michelle...Thanks! That's what I thought. Also, because of our drought, the sprinkler park is shut off for the summer again. (btw, I used to play in it when it was a pool!) It's such a bummer.
Someone said the sprinkler park in a Los Gatos park is still going.

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Posted by Mitchell
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Jul 2, 2015 at 9:42 am

The Mitchell Park Sprinklers have been turned off. The signs state that this is due to the drought!

However, the city has always insisted that the water was recycled (and therefore kids should not drink it). I had some very disappointed and overheated children on Tuesday!

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Posted by Mitchell
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Jul 2, 2015 at 9:44 am

I think the city just wants to look like they are being pro-active--when in fact they have not been

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