Simple Ways to Save Energy: Take Steps Now to Prepare for Incoming Excessive Heat Wave – PGE Currents

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It looks like tomorrow Thursday (Sept. 1) will kick off a week of above normal temperatures throughout Northern and Central California.
As part of our ongoing series, Simple Ways to Save Energy, PG&E is helping customers prepare for the incoming excessive heat wave by sharing ways to reduce energy bills and stay safe.
During the summer especially during times of prolonged extreme heat, the air conditioner can account for as much as half of residential energy usage. This is the time to take simple steps to improve efficiency, every small action can add up when it comes to reducing energy and helping ease the strain on the grid during crucial hours.
Energy savings tips
Here are easy ways to lower AC costs and still stay cool indoors during the prolonged heat.
PG&E funds the operation of existing county- or city-run cooling centers throughout the state. These centers help fill a critical need for those who might not have the financial means to cool and shelter themselves from very hot and prolonged temperatures.
To find a Cooling Center near you, call your local city or county government, or call PG&E’s toll-free Cooling Center locator line at 1-877-474-3266 or visit pge.com/coolingcenters.
Customers can also enroll in free programs including Bill Forecast Alerts, and Budget Billing to spread energy costs evenly throughout the year.
Additionally, eligible customers may be able to sign up for income-qualified programs offering a monthly discount including the California Alternative Rates for Energy (CARE) and the Family Electric Rate Assistance (FERA) Programs. Some customers may also qualify for the Energy Saving Assistance Program offering free improvements to make the home more efficient, safe and comfortable.
If the elevated heat leads to outages, PG&E has a plan to address any issues that come from the high temperatures and crews monitoring the situation are ready to respond.
PG&E’s plan includes closely monitoring grid conditions and having restoration and repair crews ready to immediately respond to potential heat-related outages. We encourage customers to be prepared, stay cool and hydrated and practice safety by developing an emergency plan and checking in on neighbors.
Outage safety tips
And here are ways for customers to stay safe if outages occur:
Although PG&E does not anticipate initiating any Public Safety Power Shutoff events over the next seven days, being prepared remains important. For more tips on how to stay safe and save energy this summer, visit pge.com/summer.
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