LA QUINTA, CA – Imperial Irrigation District customers are urged to save energy to reduce the likelihood of power outages amid a heat wave expected to hit Southland from Friday.
The district has issued a conservation alert that runs from Friday to Monday as scorching temperatures take hold of the region.
IID said the power grid generally has sufficient reserves to meet increased demand during excessive temperatures. However, the utility said, customers should take steps to save electricity voluntarily to ensure that the power stays on.
These actions include:
– avoid the use of large household appliances between 4 p.m. and 9 p.m.
– setting the thermostats to 78 degrees or more when you are at home; and
– turn off excessive lights.
A high pressure ridge anchored to eastern Nevada will cause hot and dry conditions, according to the National Weather Service.
Temperatures in the Coachella Valley are expected to reach the mid-110s by Friday. On Saturday and Sunday, mercury could reach and even exceed 120, forecasters say.
IID provides electricity to more than 150,000 customers in parts of Riverside and San Diego counties, and throughout Imperial County.