SoCalGas Lifts Energy Advisory, For Now

December 22, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Southern California Gas Co. Monday lifted an advisory it issued Sunday night urging its customers to reduce natural-gas usage to reduce the risk of gas and electricity shortages, but cautions more advisories are likely as the cold season continues and advises customers to get prepared.

The advisory was issued in response to stepped-up demand due to the recent cold weather, along with shortages due to a continuing moratorium on gas injections at the Aliso Canyon storage facility near Porter Ranch that experienced a massive four-month leak.

“Working with our customers and suppliers, we were able to manage our system to deliver reliable heating and electricity to our region during this recent cold snap,” said Lisa Alexander, vice president of customer solutions and communications for SoCalGas. “As we lift the advisory, I want to remind

our customers that it is very early in the winter season and with the limited availability of Aliso Canyon, we may face more of these types of challenges this winter.

“Conservation should be part of everyone’s daily routine,” Alexander said.

During the advisory, residential customers were urged to reduce natural gas use by lowering thermostats to 68 degrees or below, waiting a day to use natural gas appliances and washing clothes in cold water when possible.

More than 95 percent of Southern Californians use natural gas to heat their homes and about 60 percent of electricity used in homes comes from natural gas power plants, according to the utility.

During colder months, heating can account for more than half of natural gas bills, according to the SoCalGas, which earlier this month released a list of tips to help consumers stay safe and lower their natural gas bills.

Safety First

Highly flammable products should never be stored or used in the same room as any natural gas or heat-producing appliances, according to SoCalGas. Keep ordinary combustibles such as rags, mops or paper away from the appliance.

People die every year from Carbon Monoxide (CO) poisoning often caused by heating and other appliances that are not being used or working properly. SoCalGas recommends consumers have their natural gas furnaces checked at least once a year by a licensed heating contractor, and that they regularly vacuum and clean around the furnace to prevent a build-up of dust and lint.

Never store items in, on or around an appliance as this can obstruct airflow, and filters should be cleaned or replaced if they become visibly dusty or dirty. Be sure the front-panel door is properly back in place before using the furnace failure to do so increases the risk of producing CO.

Check the furnace flame and call a licensed heating contractor for service if the flame is yellow, large and unsteady.

SoCalGas says you should never use an unvented natural gas heater in a home: It’s too dangerous.

Stoves, ovens and outdoor barbecues are for cooking, not heating your home, says the utility company, warning that using them heaters can lead to CO poisoning. And like furnaces, maintenance is important.

All homes with fossil fuel burning appliances, fireplaces or attached garage are required by law to have a CO alarm installed, which should be regularly checked and replaced at least every three to five years.

If you suspect that you or someone else is suffering from CO poisoning, call 911 immediately.

Tips to Cut Your Natural Gas Bill

—Turn down the temperature on your water heater, wash clothes in cold water, and take shorter showers to reduce your natural gas use.

—Keep your thermostat set to 68 degrees or lower (if your health allows).

—Lower your thermostat at night and when you are not at home.

—Limit use of non-essential natural gas appliances such as spas and fireplaces.

—Check for hot water leaks, which can increases gas use. One drop of hot water per second can waste 500 gallons of water per year.

To learn ways to save, options for paying your bill and understanding your bill, go to www.socalgas.com/pay-bill.

Sign up for SoCalGas Advisory Notifications

SoCalGas recently created a conservation notification program designed to reduce consumers’ natural gas use and lower the risk of possible natural gas and electricity shortages this winter. A “SoCalGas Advisory,” like the one issued this week, notifies customers when demand for natural gas is projected to potentially exceed supply.

To receive SoCalGas Advisories:

—Sign up to receive text notifications by texting “ADVISORY” to 39044.

—Sign up to receive emails by providing your email address, go to https://www.socalgas.com/advisory.

 

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