Glendale Water & Power is encouraging all customers to conserve as much energy and water as possible during the heat wave expected this week. When temperatures rise, customers tend to use more energy, especially air conditioning. The most effective thing consumers can do to reduce their power usage is setting air conditioning thermostats no lower than 78 degrees and to 80 degrees when leaving the house.
The following tips are other effective ways customers can cut their power use and save money.
- Use a ceiling fan whenever possible
- Set air conditioning thermostats to 78 degrees when home and 80 degrees when leaving the house
- Close all curtains and blinds to keep out direct sunlight
- Make sure all HVAC vents are clean and filters have been replaced
- Turn off lights to rooms that are not in use
- Fill-up your refrigerator. An empty refrigerator uses a lot more energy than a full one
- Use fluorescent light bulbs wherever possible since they don’t give off heat
- Unplug all appliances with digital clocks and all phone chargers
- Check weather stripping on doors and windows so cool air doesn’t escape
- Air dry dishes
Water conservation tips:
- Water before 9:00 a.m. or after the sun goes down to reduce evaporation
- Adjust sprinklers so they only water the landscape
- Catch the shower water in a bucket, while you wait for it to heat up. Use that to water plants and small garden areas
- Step on your grass, if it bounces back no need to water today
- Avoid filling- up your pool during extremely hot temperatures, water will evaporate if you don’t use a pool cover
The following is a list of cooling centers in Glendale:
Adult Recreation Center 201 E. Colorado (818) 548-3775 Wednesday and Thursday: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Sparr Heights Community Center 1613 Glencoe Way (818) 548-2187 Wednesday and Thursday: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday: 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Pacific Community Center 501 South Pacific Avenue (818) 548-4098 Wednesday and Thursday: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Maple Park Community Center 820 East Maple Avenue (818) 548-3783 Wednesday and Thursday: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.