Portland, Ore. – As warmer, summer temperatures return this weekend across Oregon, customers may be looking to keep cool and energy costs low. Portland General Electric (PGE) has tips to beat the heat save money. Simple steps can help you stay cool:
Take advantage of cooler outdoor air: If it’s safe, open windows during cooler nights and mornings, using a fan to draw cool air in.
Keep the house shaded: Close curtains, drapes or blinds on sun-facing windows, use awnings during the day and when running AC units.
Prevent heat from building-up inside: Save showers, laundry and dishwashing for cooler morning or evening hours.
Use window air conditioning efficiently: Keep window units running until the air cools enough outside to open the windows or use a portable fan.
Check your thermostat: Set central air thermostats to 76 degrees, rather than 70 degrees. This difference can result in an estimated monthly savings of about $13.
Track your energy usage and costs: Enroll 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.
For more ways to use energy more efficiently and participate in energy-saving programs, visit our website.