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'There are things you can do to keep cool and save money'

Creswell resident Sara Cline is an EPUD customer. "I'm not planning on spending much time outside," Cline says. She says she's able to stay cool by switching to LED lights during the summer. In a regular light bulb, less than 15 percent of electricity is used for light. The rest of that energy generates heat. (SBG/Justina Coelho)

CRESWELL, Ore. - People are looking for any way to stay cool during this heat wave. But how do you keep your home cool without air conditioning?

Emerald People's Utility District serves 22,000 customers in the Willamette Valley. 40 percent of their customers don't have AC.

Creswell resident Sara Cline is an EPUD customer.

"I'm not planning on spending much time outside," Cline said.

She says she's able to stay cool by switching to LED lights during the summer. In a regular light bulb, less than 15 percent of electricity is used for light. The rest of that energy generates heat.

She also does some of her chores, like laundry and dishes, overnight.

"I have a programmable dishwasher as well so I have that go in the middle of the night. So it's not using as much electricity and not generating as much heat," she says.

All electronics, even your TV, will heat up your home.

"If you leave the room, and you're not watching it -- just be sure to turn it off," Cline said.

And if you can't take the heat, stay out of the kitchen. Instead of using the oven, Cline will use the microwave or grill outside.

Patty Jo Angelini with Emerald People's Utility District says as temperatures skyrocket, your energy bill doesn't have to.

"Whether you have air conditioning or not, there are things you can do to keep cool and save money," Angelini says.

Starting with your fan. Angelini says fans can be deceiving. She says a fan can actually raise your thermostat by four degrees without offering any additional comfort.

"When you leave the room, all you're doing is wasting energy," Angelini says. "So turn off the fans when you're not in that room."

And finally, while keeping cool, safety should always come first.

"Having windows open at night is really good because you're getting that cool air in. But you have your safety to think about. So you can use dowels, or some PVP pipe. And that goes in so you can only have your windows open a little bit. That little bit will cool it down, but you're still keeping yourself safe."

Find more EPUD tips on how to keep cool online.

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