DWP advice for the heat wave

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LOS ANGELES (CNS) – As the heat wave continued today, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power asked customers to conserve energy use, especially during afternoon hours.

Energy demand in Los Angeles has pushed up to a high range — averaging in the upper 5,000-megawatts, according to DWP officials. This compares to an all-time high — 6,177 megawatts — that was recorded on Sept. 27, 2010.

Power outages have been minimal, but officials warned that outages are still possible as more people operate air conditions and other appliances that must work harder to perform in high heat. They urged customers to limit energy use as much as possible between the hours of 11 a.m. and 6 p.m., while still staying safe.

   Suggestions included:

   — turning the thermostat to 78 degrees;
   — limiting the use of appliances during peak hours;
   — closing draperies to keep sun out;
   — turning off lights and equipment when not in use;
   — opening windows to create ventilation; and
   — unplugging “energy vampires” such as cellphone charges, DVD players, microwave ovens and other appliances that use energy even when turned off.

   In the event of a power failure, customers were asked to call (800) DIAL- DWP (342-5397). Updates will be posted at www.ladspnews.com.

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