PGE shares ways to keep cool, reduce energy costs as hotter summer temperatures settle in
No- and low-cost energy efficiency resources can help customers save money

June 17, 2021

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.

About Portland General Electric Company
Portland General Electric (NYSE: POR) is a fully integrated energy company based in Portland, Oregon, with operations across the state. The company serves approximately 900,000 customers with a service area population of 2 million Oregonians in 51 cities. PGE owns 16 generation plants across Oregon and other Northwestern states and maintains and operates 14 public parks and recreation areas. For over 130 years, PGE has delivered safe, affordable and reliable energy to Oregonians. Together with its customers, PGE has the No. 1 voluntary renewable energy program in the U.S. PGE and its 3,000 employees are working with customers to build a clean energy future. In 2020, PGE, employees, retirees and the PGE Foundation donated $5.6 million and volunteered 18,200 hours with more than 400 nonprofits across Oregon. For more information visit portlandgeneral.com/news.

For more information contact:

John Farmer

503-464-2372

john.farmer@pgn.com