SANTA BARBARA, Calif. -- Santa Barbara County Emergency Management is asking people to turn down their power during extreme heat, or we could have a power shortage.
Officials say a power shortage is expected until 6:00 p.m. Monday in Santa Barbara County, says Santa Barbara County Office of Emergency Management. The office says the statewide power shortage is due to the extreme heat in California. Southern California Edison and PG&E are asking subscribers in Santa Barbara County to reduce their electric use.
The office says residents can help by turning off unnecessary lights and appliances, delaying activities that require electricity, closing blinds in direct sun lights, set air conditioning to 78 degrees and use fans instead of AC.
The office advise residents to avoid using space heaters, dishwashers, laundry machines, hair dryers, coffee makers and other appliances between 12 and 6PM. The office says to avoid opening refrigerators and freezers more than necessary. The office recommends using gas ranges or microwaves instead of electric ovens and ranges.