Homeland Security and Emergency Services

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Energy Conservation and Power Outages

Power outages are more likely to occur during warm weather, when utility usage is at its peak. To avoid putting a strain on the power grid, residents are urged to conserve energy to help prevent power disruptions.


  • Set your air conditioner thermostat no lower than 78 degrees.

  • Only use the air conditioner when you are home. If you want to cool your home before you return, set a timer to have it switch on no more than a half-hour before you arrive.

  • Use portable or ceiling fans. Run ceiling fans counterclockwise. Even mild air movement of 1 MPH can make the room feel 3 to 4 degrees cooler.

  • On hot days, avoid using the oven; cook on the stove, use a microwave oven, or grill outside.

  • Turn non-essential appliances off. Unplug appliances and electronics when not in use.

  • Plug home electronics, such as TVs, DVD players and computers into power strips and turn off the power strips when the equipment is not in use.

  • Miminize indoor heat: Only use appliances that have heavy electrical loads early in the morning or very late at night.