Dog days prompt energy conservation, but relief in sight

After worrying over potential power outages due to the recent heat wave, Bay Area residents can now breathe easy, thanks to conservation efforts that beat back a damaging energy crunch.

With cooler air on the way, Bay Area residents are through the worst of this latest regional heat wave, which brought 90 degree-plus temperatures to the Peninsula and 80-degree highs to The City.

But energy officials are still urging conservation; heat built up from the hot days continues to put stress on the state’s energy system.

With minimal snowpack and rainfall, the state has seen less power generated by hydroelectric dams due to a lack of water passing through.

With the heat and lack of energy, Bay Area customers employed conservation methods such as setting thermostats at a higher temperature or waiting until after 7 p.m. to operate large appliance

According to the National Weather Service, the Bay Area will experience low- to mid-70s through Labor Day.

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