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Please conserve power today through Wednesday to minimize possible outages

We need your help. Very hot weather is expected to continue for most of Southern California through Wednesday, causing stress on the power grid. Since this heatwave began, the California Independent System Operator (CAISO) has issued two statewide Stage 3 emergencies and directed SCE to reduce its electrical power load, including through rotating outages of customers.

Please help us conserve power during this heatwave, particularly from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m., by turning your air conditioner up to at least 78°F, and turning off unnecessary appliances. Also, see below for a list of energy conservation tips and for a list of what SCE is doing to help.

If rotating outages are needed, you can see if your account will be impacted by checking our website for updates. You can find your rotating outage block on your bill. Rotating outages typically last one hour or shorter, and are critical to preventing longer more widespread outages during system emergencies.

Together, our conservation reduces stress on the statewide power grid and helps minimize the need for CAISO rotating power outages.

Thank you for your help and please stay safe in the heat. If you need access to a cool center during the heat wave, you can find a facility in your area by clicking here.

What can you do to help?

Home energy conservation tips:

  • Set air conditioners to 78°F or higher.
  • Turn off unused appliances and equipment.
  • Use electric fans instead of air conditioning when practical.
  • Minimize use of lighting where possible.
  • Close drapes and blinds to keep out direct sunlight during hot periods.
  • Avoid using evaporative coolers or humidifiers at the same time an air conditioner is running.
  • Operate swimming pool equipment and energy-intensive appliances, such as dishwashers, washing machines and dryers, during early-morning and late-evening hours after 10 p.m.
  • Limit the opening and reopening of refrigerators, major users of electricity in many homes.

Business energy conservation tips:

  • When possible, shift power-intensive work to morning or late-evening hours.
  • Precool your workspace and work areas or cycle air conditioning and ventilation.
  • Set thermostats to 78°F or higher.
  • Turn off unneeded lighting, ornamental or display lighting.
  • Turn off equipment not in use.
  • Run ice machines at night and into the early afternoon to build up a large supply.
  • Use night covers on refrigerated display cases.
  • Charge battery-powered equipment before 3 p.m. or after 10 p.m.

More conservation tips for your business

What is SCE doing to help?

Our crews are prepared for the heat wave and will be available to make repairs as quickly and safely as possible.

We are updating sce.com regularly with CAISO rotating power outage information. Find out if you might lose power

Cool centers also provide a safe, air-conditioned facilities during heat waves. Find a facility in your area

This article was released by Southern California Edison.