The demand for electricity is highest on average between 4 and 9 pm. During this time, rates go up, making it more expensive to use electricity when everyone comes home to do laundry, cook dinner, do homework, stream entertainment, and run the AC during the hottest time of day. This uptick in electricity use puts a strain on the utility grid, making it at risk of power outages.
Regardless of whether you have backup power, every home should have an emergency kit with enough food and water to last each person in your household 3 days. Don’t forget about the pets! Here’s a checklist of some of the things you should have ready:
- Non-perishable Food & Manual Can Opener
- Portable stove & fuel canisters
- First Aid Kit
- Flashlight, Fresh Batteries
- Battery-Powered or Hand Crank Radio
- Don’t forget pets!
Other ways to use less electricity at home to help prevent a power outage include:
- Using electricity during off peak times
- Adjusting your thermostat to as high as you are comfortable
- Closing curtains and blinds to keep your home cool
- Taking your family to cooling centers, the library, or other public places that offer air conditioning
- Finding activities to keep cool and don’t require electricity like swimming!
On the days the utility grid does fail, there are even more ways to protect you and your family against a power outage during the upcoming California heatwaves. Visit our website to schedule a free consultation for standby generators or backup batteries. We’re here to help!