With the hot weather now upon us, California is taking steps to conserve energy at our state-run buildings in response to potential power shortages in our region as a result of the natural gas leak that occurred at the Aliso Canyon Natural Gas Storage Facility last fall.
The goal of this effort is to cut electric consumption locally and in the state during times of peak energy demand to ensure electric system reliability. As participants in this energy conservation effort, we will do our part to ensure a stable and reliable energy system in California.
As building occupants, you have an opportunity to make a difference both locally and statewide by taking the following actions:
- Wear lighter clothes so you are comfortable when building temperatures fluctuate within an acceptable range (up to 78 degrees Fahrenheit).
- Turn off all lighting not necessary for safety or productivity. Use natural lighting and supplement it with task lighting if at all possible.
- Keep windows, doors and blinds closed, where feasible to keep cold air inside.
- Turn off office equipment, computers, printers and other electrical equipment that is not required for your productivity today.
- Unplug phone chargers and other small electronic devices not necessary for your work.
- Consider using a central copier, and turn off infrequently used copiers for the remainder of the day.
- Turn off coffee makers and other break room electronics when not in use.
- Limit trouble calls related to temperature to extreme cases only