How to Save Power on Hot Summer Days


Alameda Municipal Power (AMP) has an exceptionally high record of reliable electric service. The utility does want its customers to know that continuous periods of hot weather can tax the electric transmission and distribution systems and the equipment relied on to deliver electricity to Alameda’s homes and businesses. 

Demand for electricity can skyrocket during hot periods, as more customers use air conditioning, or other measures, to keep cool. Hot weather also taxes the ability of conductors and transformers, in both the distribution system and the larger electric grid that carry and move electricity as efficiently as possible. This can lead to failures that result in power fluctuations, interruptions or outages.

AMP’s customers can help foster a more reliable supply of electricity by taking action in a number of ways. These include turning off lights and equipment when not in use; using available sunlight to illuminate work spaces; replacing incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescent lamps; and installing occupancy sensors to automatically turn off lights.

Customers can also help by changing filters in their appliances; installing programmable thermostats; and purchasing Energy Star equipment. Learn more at