Flex Alerts: Take Note, Residents of Northridge Apartments for Rent

As the balmy summer of 2012 rages on, officials with the State of California are asking government workers and residents  including those who live at NMS’s Northridge apartments for rent  to voluntarily reduce their electricity use. The state’s Flex Alert program is intended to raise awareness about California’s demand response and energy conservation campaign, as well as when residents should take extra measures to conserve energy.

Residents living at NMS [email protected], which houses apartments for lease in Northridge, may already be aware of the state’s Flex Alerts, as officials have issued them regularly throughout this summer. A Flex Alert is “an urgent call for California businesses, governments and residents to voluntarily reduce their electricity use,” according to FYPower.org. “The alert is used to prevent Stage 1 Electrical Emergencies times when the demand for electricity is at its peak, typically during very hot weather.”

When state officials issue a Flex Alert, residents of apartments to rent in Northridge as well as homeowners, business employees and government workers are asked to follow three steps to help reduce energy usage. They are as follows:

1. Switch off all lights that do not need to be used. The same goes for computers, computer devices, appliances and anything else that can be plugged in.

2. Stop using all major appliances until at least 7 p.m., when the temperature typically begins to cool.

3. Make sure your air conditioning thermostat is not set below 78 degrees Fahrenheit.

Residents are also encouraged to replace light bulbs, unplug electronics, save water, adjust their thermostat, buy energy-efficient appliances, adjust their water heater, keep cool with ceiling fans, be smart about lighting, power down their computer, wash clothes in cold water, load up their dishwasher, maintain their clothes dryer, and find and seal leaks. All those measures can help to reduce energy usage.

The need for a Flex Alert is determined by the California Independent System Operator, which manages the flow of electricity across the state, and monitors and provides early warnings of potential outages. The ISO’s efforts help prepare the public for service interruptions, encourage energy conservation and prevent blackouts.

Hot weather is one of the reasons why electrical power reserves can be low. High peak demand, unplanned generation outages, transmission line overloads, transmission line losses and transmission line limitations  which are sometimes related to fires can also cause electrical power reserves to be low.

While Flex Alerts are typically distributed through media outlets, members of the publican can receive Flex Alerts via email and mobile phone. If you want to do so, go to www.FlexAlert.org.