As news comes of the partial shutdown of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station, many Southern Californians fear that as summer temperatures rise, energy costs could skyrocket.
In Southwest Riverside, where wildfires can spark in an instant and notorious triple-digit temps can send residents scrambling for cool centers, the potential ramifications of the shutdown can be worrisome.
Southern California Edison Representative Darryl Ryan said that while he cannot predict weather summer patterns for the region or the possibility of brown-outs, there are many things that residents can do to prepare for any situation.
“Whether it’s extremely hot or just an average summer, it’s always important to be efficient with our (energy usage),” Ryan said.
“There are lots of opportunities to save,” he said.
Ryan offered the following tips for saving on energy and lowering monthly costs:
- Always set the thermostat no lower than 78 degrees.
- Use electric fans instead of air conditioning.
- Whenever possible, give household appliances the day off.
- Shut lights off when leaving a room.
- Use appliances like washers, dryers, and dishwashers before 7 a.m. and after 7 p.m.
- Limit the amount times you open the refrigerator.
- Keep drapes and blinds closed during the day to keep the heat out.
- Open windows during the evening hours to allow cool breezes to come in.
- Install weather stripping to help cool the inside of the home.
According to Ryan, there are numerous cost-cutting programs available to residents, including rebates for energy-efficient appliances, incentives for home and property owners, and cash back for energy-smart home upgrades.
“One thing people can do is take advantage of the Home Energy Advisor. It’s free online and (residents) can receive customized recommendations for saving energy in their own homes,” he said.
For additional information on rebates and additional savings, visit www.sce.com .
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