The hottest part of the day is also the time when energy demand is at its highest – from 12 PM to 6 PM. Here are simple ways that the City of Culver City and the Community Energy Partnership* encourage you to reduce your energy usage during peak hours to help you save when it counts most:
Keep the thermostat on your A/C set to 78ºF.
Use your washer, dryer and dishwasher only during off-peak hours, preferably when they’re full.
Make sure coffee pots, radios and other electronics have been switched off or are unplugged when not in use.
Turn off your computer screen saver. (It wastes power by keeping your computer active.)
Set your computer to turn your monitor off after 10 minutes of non-use and your hard drive after 20 minutes.
Devices such as laptops can run on battery power during the day and then be recharged at night. (Don’t forget to unplug when not charging.)
Not using your oven during warmer temperatures will help your air conditioner work less to cool your home.
The state of California may issue a Flex Alert – an urgent call to conserve energy immediately. When you hear a Flex Alert, save electricity NOW by turning off unnecessary lights and following any of the tips mentioned here.
For even more ways to conserve at peak times, visit sce.com/SummerSave.