I live with my 80-year-old mother in her two-bedroom house in the Inland Empire. We’re hoping for a mild summer, but preparing now for heat waves that could come our way, especially since California state officials are saying that we may have limited power supplies in Southern California. It's important that we all do our part to maintain electric service reliability and stay informed, and I’m doing that by taking three key steps:
1) The greenest energy is the energy we don’t use, so I’m making some quick changes around the house. That includes keeping the thermostat on my air conditioner set to 78°F and turning my appliances and electronics off when not in use.
2) I’m going to pay attention to when the state issues a Flex Alert, which is a statewide call to reduce energy. When that happens, I know it’s critical that I conserve immediately.
3) I’m going to enroll my mom in Southern California Edison’s Medical Baseline program, since she is dependent on the use of electricity for mobility, electrically-operated life support medical equipment for specific medical reasons. I’m also going to take note of where the nearest cooling center is, in case our power gets disrupted.
It may take a little work, but I don’t want to get caught unprepared if the power goes out.
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