Customers can prepare for heat wave with common sense tips

August 14, 2020

PORTLAND, Ore. —With a stifling heat wave crashing into western Oregon this weekend, Pacific Power wants to remind customers how to beat the heat, minimize wildfire risk and use less energy.

Beat the heat:

  • Get some fresh air. Open your windows during the early morning and evening, and use fans to circulate the fresh air.
  • Keep clear of the sun. Close blinds and drapes during the warmest parts of the day. Keeping the sunlight out of your home will keep it cooler.

Wildfire safety:

Use less energy:

  • Be AC savvy. Set your air conditioner to 78 degrees when you’re home, and 85 when you’re away. Running your AC at temperatures lower than 78 degrees can increase your electricity bill by up to 8 percent. Also, keep inside air vents clear from furniture and other objects. Make sure the outside unit is free of obstructions.
  • Reduce indoor heat. Push the use of heat-producing appliances such as ovens, dishwashers and clothes dryers to cooler parts of the day. Grilling outside, washing dishes by hand and air-drying clothes are great alternatives.
  • If you have questions about your power bill, call us now. We can set up a payment plan or refer you to local agencies for bill assistance. Call us any time at 1-888-221-7070.