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California Kindly Asks You To Turn Down The AC A Smidge

It's hot (Photo by kuban_girl via Shutterstock)
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It's hot, as we're sure you've noticed, and state officials have issued a Flex Alert, requesting we all try to reduce our energy consumption today and tomorrow. Between 2 p.m. and 9 p.m. both today and tomorrow, state officials are asking we watch how much energy we use during this heat wave. The alert was issued via the California Independent System Operation, a nonprofit that controls California's energy grid, KTLA reports. Officials believe peak energy demand for today will hit 44,700 megawatts at about 6 p.m.

You can do your part by turning off all lights and appliances you're not using; saving the use of energy-sucking appliances until early morning or after 9 p.m.; and setting your air conditioner to 78 degrees Fahrenheit or higher, or using a fan instead. You can find other energy-saving tips here.