Written by Kyle Aevermann, Posted: Mon, July 1 2013 at 6:53 PM, Updated: Mon, July 1 2013 at 7:11 PM
With temperatures rising near and above the 100 degree mark in some areas, power grids are becoming at risk for rolling black outs.
Power crews have been working tirelessly all day to make sure everyone continues to have power.
And tonight they say there are things you can do in your own home to help the power grid stay up and running.
The heat is on, well that is unless you are inside where the air conditioning system is likely cooling you down and straining the power grid as everyone flips on the air at once.
From right here in the Rouge Valley and all along the west coast, millions of us are using more power than ever to try to stay cool.
Customers with California Independent System Operator have been put on a "Flex Alert"
Officials at Pacific Power however, say the system in the Rogue Valley is designed to withstand high usage levels.
Regardless, blackout's are still a possibility.
Officials say there are steps you can take to help the power grid out.
First....the thermostat. 78 degrees is the recommended temperature when your at home during the day. If you leave officials recommend turning it up to 85 degrees.
Second, whether or not you have an air conditioning unit or not, keep your windows and blinds closed during the day and open them at night.
If you need to clean your dirty dishes or do a load of laundry, power officials say don't use big appliances between the hours of noon and 8pm. Those are peak hours for the grid.
You can also unplug smaller appliances like your coffee pot when they're not in use.
If you have ceiling fans, they use less power than a lightbulb and help cool things down.
Other tips to save power include, having your air filter replaced or cleaned monthly, set your water heater to 120 degrees, eliminate extra freezers, and powering down your electronics.
There are also cash incentives for installing a high-efficiency heating and cooling system.
For even more tips visit bewattsmart.com.
Kyle Aevermann reports weekdays and anchors NBC 5 News Weekends. He joined NBC 5 News in March 2012 as a morning producer and reporter. Prior to joining KOBI, Kyle interned at KISL-FM on Catalina Island, CA. He was also a regular contributor to CNN's citizen journalism program.
Originally from the Chicago-land area, Kyle moved to the Pacific Northwest in 2009 to work in the social media industry. Kyle enjoys hiking, traveling, learning about cultures, and has a serious love for food.