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Please conserve power this Labor Day weekend to help maintain power for everyone

This Labor Day weekend, help maintain power for everyone. With excessive heat in the forecast across much of the state and the Western U.S. expected to continue into next week, your energy conservation is needed, especially Sunday, Sept. 4 through Tuesday, Sept. 6 from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Energy conservation helps reduce strain on the electrical grid.

Easy ways to conserve power include adjusting your air conditioner to at least 78°F and turning off appliances when they’re not being used.

Here are additional ways you can prepare:

  • Pre-cool your home by lowering your air conditioning thermostats before 4 p.m.
  • Charge electric vehicles before 4 p.m. or after 9 p.m.
  • Charge mobile devices and laptops before 4 p.m.
  • Run your dishwasher, washing machine, and other major appliances before 4 p.m. or
    after 9 p.m.
  • Set your pool pump to run in the early morning or late at night.

To assist you, we’ve included some home energy conservation tips below, and a list of resources to help you.

Thank you for your support. Please take care and stay safe in the heat. If you have questions or need assistance, please visit

Home Energy Conservation Tips:

  • Set your air conditioner to 78°F or higher.
  • Turn off unused appliances and equipment.
  • Use electric fans instead of air conditioning, when practical.
  • Minimize lighting use, where possible.
  • Close drapes and blinds to keep out direct sunlight during high-temperature times of day.
  • Avoid using evaporative coolers or humidifiers when the air conditioner is running.
  • Limit opening and reopening refrigerators – they’re major electricity users in many homes.
  • If you are a Net Energy Metering (NEM) solar or battery storage customer, when you conserve energy, the extra electricity goes back to the grid to help your neighbors and reduces the likelihood of CAISO calling for rotating power outages.

For more energy-saving resources and ways to make your home more energy efficient, view our Energy Savings Tips.

Sign up for Flex Alert notifications so you know when it’s time to conserve energy. To learn more and sign up, visit

SCE is Here to Help

  • Our crews are prepared for the heatwave and will be available to make repairs as quickly and safely as possible.
  • Cool Centers provide safe, air-conditioned facilities during heatwaves. Find a Cool Center in your area.
  • If you depend on electrically-powered medical equipment, you may be eligible for SCE’s Medical Baseline Allowance program. This program provides an additional 16.5 kilowatt-hours (kWh) of electricity per day. Provided at the lowest baseline rate, this helps offset the cost of operating medical equipment.
  • For our customers that live in a high fire risk area (HFRA), SCE online Marketplace offers rebates to help offset the costs of portable batteries (up to $150) as well as portable generators (up to $600 for customers enrolled in either the California Alternative Rates for Energy, Family Electric Rate Assistance, or Medical Baseline Allowance programs).
  • SCE’s Critical Care Backup Battery program offers eligible customers, who reside in a high fire risk area and are enrolled in SCE’s Medical Baseline Allowance program, a free portable backup battery to provide temporary power to medical device(s) in the event of a power outage.
This article was released by Southern California Edison.

1 Comment

  1. NO! We will not conserve any electricity because California insanely wants to force us all into electric cars when the existing power grid cannot handle what we have now. If we don’t have enough water and electricity now, why are we being forced to build all these homes and apartments? Why is California welcoming illegal aliens?

    Our AC runs at 70 degrees. In our home, no one wastes electricity, water or anything, but we are not going to be uncomfortable because the state is run by morons.

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