Portland, Ore. (June 29, 2023) — With warmer summer temperatures this week and forecasts calling for above normal temperatures for the near future, customers may be looking to stay cool and keep energy costs low. A PGE spokesperson will be available for media interviews to offer tips to beat the heat and save money.
WHAT: Media availability - PGE spokesperson offering hot weather tips for customers
WHEN: Friday, June 30, 2023; 10 – 11 a.m.
WHERE: PGE headquarters, 1 World Trade Center, 121 SW Salmon Street, Portland – Plaza
Simple steps can help you stay cool:
Take advantage of cooler outdoor air
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.
Running a portable window fan instead of an AC unit at night can save an average home an estimated monthly savings of $32.
Prevent heat from building up inside
Run appliances such as ovens, stovetops, dishwashers and clothes dryers at night or in the early morning.
Keep your home shaded
Close curtains on sun-facing windows or use awnings during the day and when running AC units.
Fans can circulate cooled air throughout the house and bring cool morning or evening air inside.
Turn off fans when no one is in the room or when not trying to circulate cooled air.
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.
Upgrade to a programmable or smart thermostat to help save season after season.
Weatherize your home
Make sure your ducts are sealed or insulated, and use weather-stripping or caulking around doors, windows, pipes, and cracks. Community Energy Project can help.
Track your energy use and costs
Enroll online to see your energy use by the day, week or hour, and pinpoint where you use energy so you can learn ways to save.
Set up text or email notifications to get weekly estimated bill amounts.
Sign-up for programs that help you save energy and money
Peak Time Rebates rewards you for shifting your energy use during peak times – when energy demand and prices are highest.
When you’re enrolled in the Smart Thermostat program, your thermostat automatically adjusts a few degrees to shift your energy use away from peak times.
For more ways to use energy more efficiently and participate in energy-saving programs, visit our website.