How to maintain minimum power consumption during Flex Alerts
Flex Alerts are becoming more and more common in many parts of the United States. If you're not familiar with what a Flex Alert is, it's an event that happens when there is a risk of power outages.
Flex Alerts tell residents to conserve energy during certain hours because the electric grid could become overloaded by the high demand for electricity from air conditioners and other appliances. To help lessen the impact on the grid, you can do your part by reducing how much power you use yourself—but don't worry! There's no need to give up any personal comfort or convenience just yet!
A solar power generator is a convenient and easy way to power your household appliances no matter the circumstances—whether you’re in a power outage or doing your part to help prevent one.
Who is at risk for a Flex Alert?
Flex Alerts are a way to warn the public about heatwaves. They are issued by the National Weather Service when temperatures have reached an oppressive level, and often last for days at a time. According to NWS, over 7 million people were impacted by Flex Alerts in 2018 alone. Who is at risk? The elderly, those with preexisting medical conditions, children, and pets can be most vulnerable during this type of event. In some cases, schools will close down due to excessive heat or air quality issues.
A list of common locations for Flex Alerts:
- California (Inland Empire)
Why are there so many Flex Alerts in this area of the country? The dry heat is notorious for creating conditions that can quickly lead to a dangerous situation, with temperatures sometimes reaching up to 115 degrees. Drought conditions not only affect the state's water supply but makes it difficult to maintain air quality as well.
While Flex Alerts are purely voluntary, if you live in these areas, you should be prepared. Besides helping the greater community avoid power outages, an alert means that you are much more likely to have an outage on the way.
What should I do during a Flex Alert?
The first thing you should do when you see that there is a Flex Alert on your electricity supply is to turn off all non-essential appliances. That means anything in the house or office that doesn't need to be running right now. You can also consider using alternative energy sources like candles or lamps.
We've already established how you should reduce power during a Flex Alert. However, what if a situation arises when you want to continue using your appliances?
Of course, if you need to use electricity for your health and safety, you should not unplug from the grid. However, many of us want the convenience of electricity while also doing our part to prevent outages.
A portable power station is a battery-based device that has the capability to store electricity and provide it on demand. This means you can power devices like your kitchen appliances, coffee maker, television, laptop, or tablet with one of these stations during a Flex Alert.
Or you can charge your station with solar energy while consecutively using it with smaller devices, like powering your laptop and charging your phone.