LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Southern California Gas Co. issued an advisory Monday urging utility customers to immediately reduce their natural gas use.

The advisory program was ordered by the California Public Utilities Commission to address concern about regional energy reliability this winter due to the moratorium on gas injection operations at the Aliso Canyon facility.

According to the utility company, more than 95 percent of Southern Californians use natural gas to heat their homes. About 60 percent of electricity used in homes comes from natural gas power plants.

Residential customers have been urged to reduce natural gas use by lowering thermostats to 68 degrees or below, wait a day to use natural gas appliances, and to wash clothes in cold water when possible.

Commercial and industrial customers were warned of possible notice to curtail service.

The advisory will remain in place until further notice.


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