The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (DWP) is asking the public to help conserve energy during the summer heat wave.

Despite the hot temperatures, the DWP officials said the department has adequate energy resources to meet forecasted demands for energy by city residents and businesses.

The department energy capacity is estimated at approximately 7,200 megawatts of electricity for 1.4 million customers.

The demand for energy in Los Angeles peaks in late afternoon, when residents and businesses turn up their air conditioners.

“Customers can help conserve energy by shifting their electricity usage to off-peak hours where possible. This helps reduce stress on the power system,” said Randy Howard, a DWP official.

The department suggests the following tips so that people can use energy efficiently:

n turn off lights when not in use;

n adjust thermostat to 78 degrees to reduce energy usage;

n keep draperies and windows closed during the day to prevent cool air from escaping and warm air from coming in through the glass;

n avoid cooking during peak afternoon hours, since cooking will add more heat inside the home;

n ventilate the home at night by opening windows and doors to clear out daytime heat and allow cooler night air to circulate inside;

n use fans to help circulate air within a room instead of the air conditioner;

n weather-strip and seal around doors and windows to keep the heat out and cool air in;

n plant shade trees on the east, south and west sides of the home, since the sun rises and moves in these directions; and

n use trellises, awnings, window films and outside shade screens to keep the home cool.