Vera Water and Power advises conservation during extreme heat wave

Posted: June 28, 2021 at 6:06 pm

At Vera Water and Power, the demand for water and power continues to rise with the temperature placing a heavy strain on the electric grid and water system. With triple-digit heat expected to continue through the holiday weekend, we are asking our customers to be conservation-minded and to use water and power wisely while the systems are stressed.

Reducing water and power consumption now can help the reliability of the electric grid and the water system and help minimize any potential weather-related outages. Customers are urged to call 1-888-772-8272 promptly if they encounter any service difficulties. There are water- and energy-saving tips at verawaterandpower.com.

During peak electric use: The demand for electricity generally peaks during the heat of the day which is typically between 12 p.m. and 8 p.m. The rule of thumb is that when the temperature climbs so does the electric demand. Please do your part to reduce the demand for electricity during the heat of the day.

  • Set your thermostat a few degrees higher. We recommend setting your thermostat no lower than 78°F. Consider using fans for increased comfort.
  • To reduce heat and moisture, run appliances such as ovens, washing machines, dryers, and dishwashers in the early morning or late at night when it’s generally cooler.
  • Use a microwave to cook, or barbecue outside, if possible.
  • Close or lower window coverings during the heat of the day.
  • If you are using a room air-conditioning unit, close off the rooms not being used.
  • Turn off lights and other appliances as these create heat. Turn off your computer when not in use.

 

During peak water use: The demand for water generally peaks between 3 a.m. and 7 a.m. due to lawn sprinklers and irrigation. To even out the demand for water, please water your yard between 9 p.m. and 2 a.m., or between 7 a.m. and 10 a.m.

  • The best times to water your lawn or to irrigate during the heatwave are:
    • 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.
    • 7 a.m. to 10 a.m.
  • Please avoid washing your car this week.
  • Delay using your clothes washer and dishwasher until early morning or late night (use the same hours as to when to water your lawn).

Please stay safe and sound during this extreme weather. We know this heatwave is a challenge for many of our customers, and we appreciate your conservation efforts as these will help with system reliability and minimize weather-related outages. Community resources may be accessed by calling 2-1-1 or visiting wa211.org.