Statewide Power Shortage
updated: Aug 28, 2013, 12:47 PM
Source: Office of Emergency Management
Advisory: Utilities forecast statewide power shortage today, August 28, from Noon to 6PM.
Utilities forecast a statewide power shortage today August 28, 2013 from 12pm-6pm, primarily due to
the forecast for continued temperature extremes in southern California which causes higher than
normal electricity use. Southern California Edison and PG&E have asked the County of Santa Barbara to
reduce its electric consumption. The County of Santa Barbara is doing its part by reducing the amount
of electricity we are consuming.
County Employees can help by shutting off unnecessary lights and electrical appliances and delaying
activities requiring electricity-consuming appliances to after 6pm. Other conservation tips from the
Public Utility Commission's include:
• 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 12pm-6pm.
• Avoid opening refrigerators or freezers more than necessary.
• Use a gas range or microwave for cooking instead of an electric range or electric oven.
Departments should minimize the use of electric lighting and electricity-consuming equipment as much
as possible. Department should consider shutting down or reducing non-essential production
The County of Santa Barbara is part of the California Community and should do its part by reducing
electricity consumption when our community needs us.
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