Imperial, California - The Imperial Irrigation District is requesting a reduction in energy usage during the critical hours of 1-7 p.m. as hotter temperatures drive energy demand this week.

“IID’s electrical grid sustained significant damage during a severe summer storm last week, and while the district has restored power to the area, it is important that the energy system is not overtaxed,” said Marion Champion, IID spokeswoman. “IID asks customers to shift energy-intensive tasks - like laundry and dishwashing - to off-peak hours and conserve energy throughout the day. This will alleviate pressure on the system and help maintain reliability.”

On Aug. 6, a severe summer storm damaged IID’s electrical system in the eastern Coachella Valley damaging more than 100 transmission and distribution poles and leaving hundreds of customers in the Mecca/Thermal area without power for as long as three days. Crews worked around the clock to construct temporary infrastructure and bring the power back on. Final repairs may take more than two months.

The following suggestions can help reduce summer energy use:

  • Set your thermostat to 78 degrees or higher.
  • Develop a routine that allows you to avoid the use of major energy-consuming appliances like washers, dryers and dishwashers between the hours of 1 p.m. and 7 p.m.
  • Remember to have your air conditioner serviced annually and change filters monthly. Seal any leaks in your cooling ducts, install weather stripping around doors, and make sure your fireplace damper is closed so cool air doesn’t escape.
  • Use floor and ceiling fans or an evaporative cooler to help keep your home cool.
  • Use awnings, solar screens or trees to keep ultraviolet rays from hitting windows.
  • Close windows and doors when the cooling system is running.   

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