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Flex your power

 • Avoid running large
  appliances such as washers,
  dryers, and electric ovens
  during peak demand hours
  from 5 a.m. to 9 a.m. and
  4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

• Close shades and blinds at
  night to reduce the amount of
  heat lost through windows.

• Buy Energy Star appliances,
  products, and lights.

In the office:
• Turn thermostats down to 68
  degrees or below. Reduce
  settings to 55 degrees at the
  end of the day. (For each 1
  degree, you'll save up to 5
  percent on your heating
  costs.)

• Turn off all unnecessary lights,
  especially in unused offices
  and conference rooms and
  turn down remaining lighting
  levels where possible.

• Set computers, monitors,
  printers, copiers, and other
  business equipment to their
  energy-saving feature, and turn
  them off at the end of the day.

• Minimize energy usage during
  peak demand hours from 5 a.m.
  to 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

• Buy Energy Star appliances,
  products, and lights.

If you're interested in the legislation involving California energy, the California Energy Commission's Office of Governmental Affairs tracks all legislation that affects energy production and consumption, the energy industry, energy consumers and the structure of energy regulatory agencies. Their website address is: www.energy.ca.gov/commission.

If you'd like more information about California's energy situation or more conservation tips, visit the Official California Website at ca.gov.

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We in California have the power of nearly 35 million people and are the sixth largest economy in the world. By reducing our electricity demand we can help avoid shortages and lower energy bills. All you have to do is

FLEX YOUR POWER.

Here are simple things that you can do right now to reduce demand and cut your own energy costs:

At home:
• Turn thermostats down to 68
  degrees or below. Reduce
  settings to 55 degrees before
  going to sleep or when away
  for the day. (For each one
  degree, you'll save up to five
  percent on your heating
  costs.)

• Turn off non-essential lights
  and appliances.

March/April 2001

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