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Liberty Utilities: Conserve energy during solar eclipse

Solar Tech Joshua Valdez, left, and Senior Plant ManagerTim Wisdom walk past solar panels and at a Pacific Gas and Electric Solar Plant, Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017, in Vacaville, Calif. Power grid managers say they've been preparing extensively for more than a year for this Monday's solar eclipse and that by ramping up other sources of power, mainly hydroelectric and natural gas, they are confident nobody will lose power or see a spike in energy prices. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
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Liberty Utilities is encouraging customers to conserve energy during the solar eclipse on Monday, Aug. 21.

In its notification sent out Friday, the utility provider went on to say that smart energy use should be practiced throughout the year.

“While we certainly want to encourage our customers to conserve during Monday’s historic solar eclipse, we also urge them to take steps to reduce their energy use every day,” Travis Johnson, Liberty Utilities vice president of operations, said in a statement. “By doing so, customers can reduce their carbon footprint and save money at the same time.”

While the eclipse will last a short time on Monday morning, the state of California is asking residents to conserve energy from 9 to 10:30 a.m. The state’s “Do Your Thing for the Sun” campaign, which the city of South Lake Tahoe and other government bodies have signed on to, is designed to reduce energy demand on the electrical grid when solar energy sources will be affected during the eclipse.

California currently generates nearly 10,000 megawatts of solar power, which can meet up to 40 percent of energy needs on some days.

“The solar eclipse reminds us how important solar energy has become to California,” Gov. Jerry Brown said in a statement. “Conservation is key when the sun’s rays are taking a break.”

Liberty Utilities’ 50 megawatt Luning Solar Center became operational earlier this year and supplies 25 percent of customers’ energy needs. The remaining power is purchased from NV Energy through a purchased power agreement, which eliminates coal-sourced power and relies mostly on natural gas and renewable energy. Since Liberty Utilities is a winter-peaking utility, officials do not expect difficulties in meeting customers’ energy needs during the solar eclipse.

“We don’t anticipate any problems providing service during Monday’s solar eclipse,” Johnson added. “But we also appreciate our customers’ awareness and practice of smart energy use during this time.”

Additionally, Liberty offered the following energy conservation tips:

Turn off lights and appliances when not in use. Don’t forget your computer.

Charge your electric vehicle and other electronic devices in the late evening, preferably after 10 p.m.

In warm months, set the thermostat to 78-80 degrees when home, and 5-10 degrees warmer at night or when you’re not home.

In the cooling season, close blinds and drapes during the day to keep heat out.

Use your electric dishwasher, clothes washer and dryer after 10 p.m. when demand is lowest. Cook as late in the evening as possible.

Barbecue outdoors when practical. Reducing the heat coming into your home from any source, such as cooking, will reduce the load on your air conditioning.

Set your water heater to 120 degrees.

Vacuum your refrigerator coils, underneath and in the back. They need air space to work.

Additional energy conservation tips along with information on the utility’s energy efficiency programs, can be found at http://www.libertyutilities.com.



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