Do your part to avert future power outages
January 3, 2020
A big-screen television uses about one-third the electricity as central air conditioning. Did you turn off the TV and read a book instead? When nuclear power plants are discussed, do you reject the idea without considering next summer’s heat wave? Are you now reconsidering your opposition to having a power-generating plant in your fair city? Whenever Southern Californians fail to do our part to reduce energy demand during blistering summer days, we risk overloads on the power grid that can lead to sporadic power outages to thousands of people during triple-digit heat. Let’s give Edison and the DWP a break. They’re working double shifts trying to fix and upgrade transformers, and there’s no air conditioning on those poles. The weather has been this week’s hot topic. The heat wave caused at least 18 deaths in Los Angeles County and three-day power outages for thousands of customers. The list of possible heat wave-related deaths included a mentally ill Gardena woman, who was found dead in a board-and-care home over the weekend. Southern California Edison and Los Angeles Department of Water and Power officials had begged customers to turn up their air-conditioning thermostats to 78 degrees. They told us not to run major appliances during peak hours, use fans instead of air conditioning and, in short, not overburden the power grid. If you are coming inside from 103-degree heat, 78 degrees feels cool enough. You can sleep when the room temperature is 78 degrees. Did you turn your thermostat up to 78? Summers in Southern California can be brutal for a week or two. When it gets as hot as it has been for the past week, remind yourself to turn the thermostat up to 78, turn off the TV and appliances, including your computer. Ignore that advice, and the next three-day nightmare without electricity could be yours.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!