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Heat puts strain on power grid | JAM’N 107.5

In summer, electricity consumption is usually highest between 3 p.m. and 9 p.m. During these periods, PGE recommends that residential customers take the following safety measures:

  • If you have air conditioning, you can control the temperature using the thermostat.
    • Turn the thermostat up a few degrees to reduce electricity consumption.
    • When temperatures have dropped comfortably enough, you can turn off the air conditioning at night and open the windows (if it is safe to do so) to cool the temperature with outside air.
    • Only run the air conditioning during the day when you are at home and keep daytime temperatures at the highest comfortable level possible. Only cool the rooms you live in.
  • Avoid using large appliances such as ovens, dishwashers and washing machines during peak electricity usage times in the morning and evening.
  • If you charge an electric vehicle at home and are not part of PGE’s Smart Charging program, consider setting your car to charge during off-peak hours.
  • Turn off all unnecessary electrical appliances such as home entertainment systems, computers, copiers and lights when not in use.
  • For more energy saving tips, visit portlandgeneral.com/tips.

PGE employees work to correct or prevent potential heat-related equipment problems and reduce energy demands, including:

  • Take technical precautions to prevent overheating of important distribution equipment.
  • By deploying additional teams, we ensure that we can respond quickly and effectively to any outages.
  • Enabling Peak Time Rebate and Smart Thermostat programs.
  • Encouraging commercial and industrial customers to reduce their electricity consumption.

The intense heat means customers are using more electricity to cool their homes and businesses. The high demand puts additional strain on electrical appliances and can lead to power outages, so it’s important to be prepared.

  • Have an emergency kit with the necessary supplies ready just in case.
  • If your health depends on electricity and you are not already enrolled in the PGE Medical Certificate Program, call to enroll.
  • Remember food safety – make extra ice by freezing water in plastic bags so you can keep food cool when needed, keep thermometers in your fridge and freezer to monitor safe temperatures, and keep foods that don’t need cooking or refrigeration on hand.

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Source: PGE