Preparing for Summer
Now is the time for Alamedans to prepare for the climate and weather conditions during the summer months that create higher risks for power outages. Climate change, wildfires, heat waves, dry vegetation, drought and high winds all contribute to higher electrical demand and lower supply conditions that can lead to power outages.
FAQs: How You Can Help Reduce Power Outages
What can I do to help reduce the chance of power outages?
- Conserve energy between 4 p.m. and 9 p.m. when electricity demand is highest.
- Set air conditioning thermostat to 78 degrees, if health permits.
- Use major appliances (e.g. oven, dishwasher, clothes dryer) before or after the critical energy demand times.
- Turn off unnecessary lights in your home.
- Unplug unused electrical devices and power strips.
- Close blinds and drapes to keep the heat from the sun out.
- Use fans when possible.
- Limit the amount of time the refrigerator door is open.
Before 4 p.m. or after 9 p.m.:
- Pre‐cool your home by setting the thermostat to a lower temperature.
- Charge electric vehicles.
- Charge mobile devices and laptops.
- Run dishwashers, clothes washers, dryers, and other appliances.
- Check out AMP's rebates for purchases of energy-saving appliances.
- Electric vehicle owners can help during the summer peak months!
Customers who are eligible for AMP's time-of-use (TOU) rate program may benefit from lower pricing and have more control over their electric bills. AMP is offering this incentive to EV customers to use less electricity during the peak hours of the day. Learn more.
What is a Flex Alert?
Flex Alert is a system developed by the California Independent System Operator (CAISO) to warn consumers that there may be a power outage coming and a call to reduce electricity use.
- Stage 1 – A call to conserve energy due to supply/demand concerns.
- Stage 2 – A call to conserve energy and prepare for limited duration power outages (1-2 hours)
- Stage 3 – An order for utilities to begin rolling outages in 1 to 2 hour increments.
How can I make sure I’m prepared for a power outage?
- Sign up for text or email updates from AMP here.
- Follow AMP on Facebook and Twitter.
- Identify backup charging methods for phones and other electronic devices.
- Keep emergency, family, and other important phone numbers accessible in hard copy.
- Plan for any medical needs like medications that need to be refrigerated or devices that require power. If you are dependent on an electric or battery‐dependent medical technologies such as breathing machines, a power wheelchair or scooter, and home oxygen or dialysis, it is critical that you have a plan in place for an extended power outage.
- Plan for the needs of pets.
- Build or restock your emergency kit with flashlights, fresh batteries, first aid supplies, cash, and food that will last up to five days.
- Know how to manually open your garage door.