Californians asked to conserve energy due to extreme heat

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EL DORADO HILLS, Calif. (KTXL) – Everyone up and down the Golden State was again asked to conserve energy Friday due to the extreme heat.

So, staying cool may take some planning.

Terry Bochaton spent part of it at the movies where the cold air is flowing.

“Support local businesses, it’s cool in the movies, it’s cool at the restaurants. So, just do what you can,” Bochaton explained.

But for others, like the Davis family, they’re having to brave the triple-digit heat outside.

“We’re in town for a track meet, so we’re a little concerned about the heat,” said Ginger Davis.

Those waiting out the heat inside were asked to conserve energy.

The California Independent Systems Operator issued its second Flex Alert of the year to relieve the state’s power grid.

“It’s extremely important during times like this when the heat is so high to conserve because everyone is using a lot of electricity,” said PG&E Spokesperson Tamar Sarkissian. “Especially air conditioning and that can strain the grid, so we want to make sure people are being conscious of their usage.”

Californians were asked to do their part by raising thermostats to 78 degrees and holding off on use of large appliances until demand and temperatures drop.

“I’m doing my part to try and conserve because if we all conserve, there’s less usage,” Bochaton told FOX40.

Friday night, more than 10,000 customers were left in the dark in San Joaquin County.

“We’re trying to beat the heat in the stores,” said Paul Sanchez of Stockton.

Sanchez told FOX40 he recently invested in a generator to keep his lights on.

But for others, PG&E is warning customers to stand ready for the possibility of more outages in case equipment gets overheated from the blistering conditions.

“Have a flashlight with free batteries handy,” Sarkissian said. “We want our customers to be prepared with a plan for the possibility of outages. We at PG&E are prepared.”

Utility crews have been standing ready to respond to outages when they happen and have worked quickly to restore power to affected customers.  

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