And with the heat wave sweeping through across the country, community members are being asked to conserve power.

A flex alert has been issued by California Independent System Operator that is in effect today and tomorrow. They are urging people to make an extra effort to conserve during late afternoon hours, when air conditioners tend to be used most. The agency predicted peak usage on Tuesday and Wednesday to exceed 47,000 megawatts and that widespread air condition use can put strain on the electric system.

A flex alert is issued when the electrical grid is under stress.

Here are some steps you can take:

  • Set your thermostats at 78 degrees or higher
  • Close drapes and use fans to cool rooms
  • Turn off unnecessary lights and appliances
  • Delay using major appliances until early in the morning or late in the evening.

The California Independent System Operator, oversees the operation of California’s bulk electric power system, transmission lines and electricity market.