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Excessive Heat Warning, Flex Alert in effect through Wednesday

Posted on August 17, 2020


Cooling Center at Sonoma Vets
The County of Sonoma has opened a cooling center at the Sonoma Valley Veterans Building on Monday & Tuesday, 11 am -7 pm

The National Weather Service has upgraded the current Heat Advisory to an Excessive Heat Warning. The Advisory goes until 9 PM this evening while the Excessive Heat Warning remains in effect through Wednesday, August 19th.

As a result of this extreme weather event we have been experiencing, PG&E Encourages Customers to Conserve Electricity as California ISO Declares Flex Alert:
Based on current energy supply forecasts, rotating power outages are likely to occur. Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) urges customers to conserve electricity in response to the California Independent System Operator’s (ISO) statewide Flex Alert called for Monday – Wednesday from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. CAISO is the organization that manages the state’s power grid.
Best ways to conserve energy:
  • Raise the thermostat: set to 78 degrees when at home, health permitting. Turn it up to 85 degrees or off when not at home.
  • Use a ceiling fan: this will allow you to raise the thermostat about 4 degrees to save on cooling costs with no reduction to comfort.
  • Turn off fans and lights when you leave a room.
  • Cover windows: use shade coverings and awnings so the A/C won’t have to work as hard.
  • Avoid using the oven, instead, cook on the stove, use a microwave, or grill outside.
  • Limit the opening of your refrigerator. The average fridge is opened 33 times a day – how low can you go?
  • Charge electric cars after 9 or 10 pm.
PHOTO: The County of Sonoma has opened a cooling center through Tuesday, August 18, from 11:00am to 7:00pm, at the Sonoma Valley Veteran’s Building (126 First St W, Sonoma).
Stay informed about outages affecting your service by viewing PG&E’s outage map.
Visit CAISO’s web page for information about California’s electric grid and to view usage.
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