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California heat wave pushes state's power grid to the upper limits

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The organization that controls California's power grid is asking state residents and businesses to conserve electricity Tuesday and Wednesday as a major heat wave pushes temperatures will into the triple digits.

Temperatures as high as 115 degrees were expected in the northern Sacramento Valley through Wednesday evening, putting a major drain on the power supply. 

  As a result, California ISO declared a Flex Alert Tuesday morning urging consumers to reduce energy use in the late afternoon when air conditioning needs tend to peak.

The agency recommends running large appliances during the morning or after 9:00 p.m., shutting off unnecessary lighting, and setting your thermostat at 78 degrees or higher when home and turn it off when away.

At work, California ISO says to turn off your computer monitor when away from your desk, as it's the biggest draw of energy in your computer system.

See a list of tips for home and the office.