California ISO issues statewide Flex Alert due to heat wave

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California is under a Flex Alert through Thursday, so residents are being advised to conserve electricity to ease pressure on the power grid. (KGO-TV)

California is under a Flex Alert and residents are being advised to conserve electricity to ease pressure on the power grid.

In fact, PG&E says this heat wave is the biggest single heat event affecting power use since 2006.

It's a big deal, and it's going to have a real impact on your activities this week, and it will require residents to change their routines, especially with some chores around the house.

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The Flex Alert will be in effect from Tuesday through Thursday, between 2 p.m. and 9 p.m.

A graph from California ISO, the agency that oversees our statewide system, shows that's when they expect the highest demand.

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The agency said these alerts really do help the system. "These are very helpful. they shave off an estimated 500 megawatts of demand when we call them. The public is very responsive to these and we appreciate it," a Cal ISO representative said.

Several ways you can help is by turning off unnecessary lights, and only use major appliances after 9 p.m. When you do laundry, wash your clothes in cold water, and set your AC to 78 degrees or higher if you have one.

Here's an interesting trick: turn your blinds up instead of down to keep direct sunlight out of your home and keep it cooler.

Forget setting the battery-saving mode on your electronics and unplug them instead.

The alert could be extended, with temperatures expected to climb even higher Thursday.

Click here for a look at your updated AccuWeather forecast.

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