Southern California

SoCalGas Wants You to Set Your Thermostat to 68

Are you prepared to take shorter showers?

What to Know

  • Dial It Down will be in effect until Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019.
  • SoCalGas asks you to set thermostats to 68 degrees when home and 55 degrees when not home.
  • They also ask customers to wash clothes in cold water and take shorter showers.

Due to cold temperatures forecast in the Southland, Southern California Gas Company Monday announced that the Dial It Down Alert issued last week will remain in effect through Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019.

Southern Californians are urged to reduce their natural gas use, particularly in the evenings when usage is typically highest. During periods of cold weather, demand for natural gas for heat, hot water and cooking can put a strain on the natural gas system, according to company officials.

Dial It Down Alerts call on customers to voluntarily conserve electricity.

To reduce natural gas use during the Dial It Down Alert, SoCalGas customers are encouraged to take simple steps, such as setting thermostats to 68 degrees when they are home and 55 degrees when they are not home.

Other ways to reduce natural gas use include:

  • Washing clothes in cold water
  • Taking shorter showers
  • Reducing the temperature on water heaters
  • Running only full loads of dishes and clothes
  • Using low-flow shower heads
  • Keeping windows and doors closed when the heater is on
  • Dressing warmer

More information on SoCalGas' Dial It Down Alert energy conservation program can be found here.

While SoCal Gas was asking customers to Dial It Down, Southern California Edison was also warning customers in Corona of a total power shutoff Monday.

The shutoff came, not due to conservation, but because of strong winds.

Customers in the affected areas were notified of the shutoff.

It begins at 10 p.m. on Monday through to 6 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2019.

See more information here.

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