Portland, Ore. — Ahead of 100-degree weather expected in much of Oregon this weekend, Portland General Electric (NYSE: POR) shared tips to keep cool and keep energy costs low.
“There are many ways to stay cool and save money, especially important when temperatures rise to extremes,” said John McFarland, Chief Customer Officer for Portland General Electric. “From keeping your house shaded to tracking your energy use, everyone can take actions to be more comfortable and more efficiently cool their home for less.”
Some of the easiest steps include:
Register online to see your energy usage by the day, week or hour, and pinpoint where you use energy so you can focus on ways to save.
Set up notifications to get weekly estimated bill amounts, mid-month high-bill alerts and more through our mobile app, text or email.
If it’s safe, open windows during cooler nights and mornings (make sure open windows are safe for children), using a fan to draw cool air in.
When it gets to about 75 to 80 degrees out, close windows, doors and window coverings to keep cool air in — and use an indoor fan. Running a portable window fan instead of an AC unit at night can save an average home an estimated monthly savings of $32.
Turn off fans when no one is in the room or when not trying to circulate cooled air.
Close curtains on sun-facing windows or use awnings during the day and when running AC units. White window shades, drapes or blinds can reflect heat away from the house.
Move cooking outside to the grill or opt for no-cook meals.
Save showers, laundry and dishwashing for cooler morning or evening hours.
Keep window units running until the air cools enough outside to open the windows or use a portable fan. Window units work best when left to run for long periods of time, rather than being turned on and off. When temperatures are high, AC units work harder and longer to maintain the same inside temperature, which may impact your bill.
Set the thermostat 10 degrees higher than normal if you’re going to be away for more than half the day. Your cooling will run less frequently, but your home won’t get super hot.
When cooling the whole house be sure to keep all windows and doors closed.
Set central air thermostats to 76 degrees, rather than 70 degrees. This difference can result in an estimated monthly savings of about $13.
Avoid putting lamps or TVs that emit heat near the thermostat.
Upgrading to a programmable or smart thermostat can help save costs season after season.