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Southland residents urged to conserve energy to avoid blackouts

September 7, 2011 |  2:52 pm

Air quality warning issued
High demand for electricity during the ongoing heat wave has prompted Southern California Edison officials to ask customers for help in conserving energy to avoid potential blackouts.

The heat wave, typical for this time of year in Southern California, is expected to last until Thursday.

The utility company reminded customers in a news release to do household chores like laundry, running the pool pump and using power tools after 7 p.m. Residents also can help conserve electricity by limiting the number of times they open their refrigerators and by keeping the thermostat set at 78 degrees or higher, officials said.

At this point, the utility's electric grid is performing well and Southern California Edison anticipates having adequate power supplies, officials said.

The weather should begin to cool by Friday but could get as hot as 107 degrees inland Thursday, officials said. 

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Photo: A man takes a morning walk Wednesday at Lincoln Park in Los Angeles.

Credit: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times

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