Californians are being asked to reduce their energy usage as winter storms batter the South and Midwest, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Winter storms have left many in these regions without power as they brave below-freezing temperatures. As of Thursday, at least 36 deaths have been attributed to the unprecedented winter storms, six of which were due to exposure.
Texas has been hit especially hard, in part because its energy grid is not equipped to handle low temperatures. As of late Tuesday, more than 3.1 million Texans still had no power, according to the Chronicle.
The California Independent System Operator (California ISO) is now urging residents of the Golden State to use energy sparingly over the next few days to help ease the burden on power grids elsewhere.
We will encourage voluntary conservation over the next several days of a major #winterstorm in the Midwest and South, to help relieve stress on electricity grids there.— California ISO (@California_ISO) February 16, 2021
To help others across the country affected by extreme #winterweather, we encourage #energyconservation in the evening hours by:— California ISO (@California_ISO) February 17, 2021
• Unplugging small appliances & electronics
• Reversing your fan blades to produce a gentle updraft
• Using computer sleep and hibernate modes