News for those who live, work and play in the Santiam Canyon

Prepare for winter temperatures now

With cooler temperatures coming to Oregon, Portland General Electric is ready for the season and wants customers to be prepared, too.

When it comes to heating a home, there are easy steps customers can take to save energy and money. 

  • Each degree your thermostat is lowered saves an estimated 2 percent on your heating bill. 
  • A smart thermostat makes it even easier to save as it will learn your patterns and automatically adjust the temperature. 
  • Set your water heater thermostat to 120 degrees for savings and safety.
  • Winter weather also brings the risk of power outages, and it’s a good idea to be prepared. 

Prepare an outage kit that includes:

  • Flashlight or headlamps.
  • Battery-powered or hand crank radio and alarm clock or watch.

Car charger for your cell phone, laptops and/or tablets.

  •  72-hour supply of ready-to-eat food and water.
  •  If you have an electric garage door opener, learn how to operate it manual
  •  Protect home electronics by investing in surge protection equipment.
  •  Be familiar with safe cooking, heating, and lighting practices. 
  • Information on safe generator use and other safety tips are available on
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