- Use bill alerts. Sign up at PortlandGeneral.com to receive weekly email or text alerts. If you see your energy use is going up, you can quickly make adjustments to save — like turning down the heat — before your next bill.
- Lower the heat. Each degree you lower your thermostat in winter saves an estimated 2 percent on your heating bill. Remember, the colder the weather, the harder your heater works to maintain the same temperature. Download our Heating & Cooling tips.
- Don’t heat unused rooms if you have zonal heating such as baseboard, wall heaters or ceiling heat. Close the doors to those rooms, but do watch for mold or mildew in colder rooms. Download our Zonal Heating tips.
- Close window coverings to block energy loss and keep warm air inside.
- Turn off and unplug. When not in use, be sure to turn off your computer and other home electronics, and unplug energy “vampires” such as laptop and cellphone chargers.
- Be smart with hot water. Set your water heater to 120 degrees. Wash laundry in cold water. Run your dishwasher only when it’s full, and let dishes air dry to save more energy.
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