We're in California and it's hot! Really hot. So hot that the California Independent System Operator (ISO) has announced A "Flex Alert," which is essentially a plea for California residents to conserve energy during the heat wave. All those air conditioners running at the same time makes for one unhappy power grid. But how are California residents (especially in the really hot areas) supposed to avoid heatstroke and conserve power at the same time? As Native Californians, this was not our first "Flex Alert." We've been aware of them before, but this is the first time we dug a little deeper. We went to the ISO web site, hoping for a little more conservation and cool-off guidance. We didn't find much: a few links to some good conservation resources, and a PDF of conservation tips. The PDF is actually quite helpful, containing a number of energy-saving habits we should incorporate into out everyday lives. However, we're still looking for some good off-the-grid cool-off advice for our sweltering California readers. Got any? Related links: • Blogging Real Simple: 23 Ways to Beat the Heat • Top 10: Well-Designed Ceiling Fans Thanks to jamie brelsford at sxc.hu for the great photo of the Australian desert.