It's another hot day in Fresno. A tough day to be outside but not for Mackenzie Bewarder. She'd rather be outside. "Your house heats up so fast it's almost like you can't turn off your air conditioning," Bewarder added.
She spent the day with her kids at the Fashion Fair Mall. They took advantage of the interactive water fountain in hopes of saving money at home.
Bewarder said, "anywhere where we can get the kids cool and running around and not running our air conditioning it's a huge benefit to our family."
It's exactly what PG&E wants. The heat wave is expected to hit Fresno the hardest and put a strain on the power supply.
PG&E spokesperson Denny Boyles said, "we're just recognizing the fact that it's this hot, there's a possibility that everybody goes home on a Friday early and kicks their a/c on at the same time and that could lead to some isolated equipment failure."
That could mean money for Jason Jordan and his crew. He works for International Line Builders. PG&E has his crew on call in case the city experiences power outages.
"When the heat comes down, it's usually transformers poppin'," Jordan added, "we just go out, change transformers and put a new one in right on the spot."
PG&E is hoping that doesn't happen. It has some simple steps to help: When you're at home set the thermostat at 78 degrees. When you're not home, turn it up to 85 degrees or just shut it off. Keep curtains and blinds closed. Also, unplug any electrical devices that are not being used.
Those peak hours are between 11 am and 6 pm. The flex alert will run through the weekend.