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In Case of a Power Alert

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A Customer's Guide During a Statewide Power Alert

Statewide power shortages continue to be a possibility for days with widespread unseasonably hot weather. Although the City of Santa Clara and Silicon Valley Power have sufficient power supply for its customers, we participate in assisting whenever needed.

When shortages occur we ask all customers to help reduce electric demand by acting on some of the following suggestions. Here are some things you can do to help.

Reduce lighting in less used spaces

  • Hallways and lobbies
  • Office and similar areas
  • Flood and night lighting
  • Garages
  • Bathrooms

Turn off: non-critical equipment

  • Office equipment—copy and fax machines, etc
  • Computers or at least computer monitors
  • Space conditioning (cooling and heating)—Set thermostat to 80 or above, if possible
  • Water Coolers
  • Advertising signs and display lighting
  • Auxiliary and non-critical lighting-indoors and out
  • Cafeteria equipment
  • Dispensing machines
  • Cleaning equipment
  • Elevators (minimize use)
  • Boilers and auxiliaries
  • Water heaters
  • Music systems
  • Pool and fountain pumps
  • Door and gate openers
  • Drinking water chillers
  • Maintenance and repair equipment
  • Reduce use of water (it takes electricity to pump and/or heat water)
  • Any other non-critical equipment / appliances

Please delay high energy use activities until after sunset wherever possible during these emergencies.