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A small shift in how you use energy can make a big difference

There are a lot of small choices you make every day that you hardly notice but make a huge difference in the lives of others. Choices like holding the elevator door open or letting a frazzled parent check out in front of you at the store. Making small changes in when and how you use energy makes a big difference, too. Especially the choices you make during the mornings and evenings, when energy use spikes. During these times, if you were to shift some of your energy use a little earlier or a little later, you’d help reduce those energy spikes. And with fewer spikes, we can keep prices low and use more renewable energy.

Smart programs that help you save

    For your home

  • Peak Time Rebates

    Peak Time Rebates rewards you for shifting your energy use for a couple of hours on the days when temperatures are unusually hot or cold. By reducing your energy consumption during these peak times, you can save money and keep prices more affordable for the entire community. Find out how it works
  • Smart Thermostats

    If you have central air conditioning, a ducted heat pump or an electric furnace, sign up for our Smart Thermostat program and earn $25 for signing up and $25 for each winter and summer you participate. When energy use spikes, your thermostat will automatically adjust 1 to 3 degrees during peak times while still giving you control of your comfort. As an added benefit, when your thermostat shifts energy away from peak times, you help keep prices low for everyone and enable the use of more renewable energy. Choose your rewards
  • For your Business

  • Energy Partner

    Get paid to use less energy for a few hours during times when everyone else is using more. Energy Partner is an extremely flexible and customizable program with options for every size of business. Find the Energy Partner option that fits your business
  • Connected Water Heaters

    If you’re a landlord or property manager, you and your tenants can benefit from our Connected Water Heater Program. With a simple equipment add-on, PGE will heat the tanks on your property when energy costs are low. Tenants get the same hot water they expect, and you get $20 per participating water heater, per year. Learn how to get started

Smart energy savings

Keeping cool and comfortable on hot summer days doesn’t have to break the bank. Here are 15 of our favorite summer tips to save energy and money.
  • Keep the heat out

    • Close curtains or blinds on sun-facing windows during the day.
    • Run heat-generating appliances such as ovens, stovetops, dishwashers and clothes dryers at night or in the early morning.
    • Grill outside or microwave for cooler cooking.
    • Switch to LED lightbulbs. They don’t emit heat like regular bulbs and use up to 85% less energy.
  • Take advantage of cooler outdoor air

    • Open windows during cooler nights and mornings (make sure open windows are safe for children and pets), and use a fan to draw cool air in.
    • When it gets to 75 degrees out, close windows, doors and window coverings to keep cool air in.
    • Run a portable window fan instead of an AC unit at night — in an average home, you could save up to $32 a month.
  • What you measure, you can manage

    • Use our free online Energy TrackerSM tool to track your electricity use by hour, day or more.
    • Set up text or email notifications to get weekly estimated bill amounts, mid-month high-bill alerts and more.
  • Practice thermostat control

    • Set central air thermostats to 76 instead of 70 degrees to save about $13 a month.
    • Turning AC on and off a lot can make it work harder and less efficiently. Use these rules:
      • Set the thermostat 10 degrees higher than normal if you’re going away for more than half the day.
      • Turn it off if you’re leaving for longer than a day.
    • Upgrade to a smart thermostat. They make saving energy automatic season after season.
    • If you have room air conditioners, don’t cool unused rooms.
    • Use fans instead of air conditioning when you can.
    • Remember, fans cool people, not rooms, so only run fans when someone’s there or you’re drawing in cooler overnight air.

Get more tips on how to stay cool for less.

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