SANTA BARBARA, Calif - Utility companies are predicting a statewide power shortage Wednesday from 12 p.m.-6 p.m., 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.
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.