PGE Update: Got AC? Run It Efficiently on Hot Days!

By PGE Staff05 Thermostate setting

Q: Is it more cost effective to maintain a constant temperature with air conditioning or turn if off during the day while I’m at work?

A: Whether you have air conditioning or a heat pump, here’s Portland General Electric’s advice to keep your cooling costs in check:

Set the thermostat 10 degrees higher than normal if you’re going to be away for more than half the day. Your cooling will run less frequently, but your home won’t get super hot.

If you’re leaving for longer than a day — say a trip out of town — then go ahead and turn off the cooling to save energy. If you have a programmable thermostat, you can set it to start cooling an hour or so before you return so you arrive to a comfortable home.

Remember: If you have pets at home, you’ll need to modify these recommendations so your animals don’t get overheated.

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