EWEB prepared to handle historic heat

Worried about being able to run your AC during the heat wave? Here's what EWEB has to say.

Posted: Jun 24, 2021 7:22 PM
Updated: Jun 24, 2021 7:26 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- There is enough electricity to keep your air conditioning units running through the heat wave, according to the Eugene Water and Electric Board.

Joe Harwood with EWEB said despite the record breaking temperatures, the cooling load is nothing compared to their winter peak. That is typically seen from December to February when the heating load is at an all time high. 

"We have plenty of capacity to handle this," said Harwood. "Despite seeing an increase in usage of air conditioning units, it is still significantly below what we see at winter peaks."

Harwood said it's due to the fact that more homes have heating than air conditioning.

If you do have an AC unit, you may see your bill increase after the weekend. Harwood recommends keeping it set at 78 degrees. 

"People need to know that every degree you lower your thermostat to, your energy can rise by 3 percent," said Harwood.

To save even more, Harwood suggests using fans and opening windows at night to let cool air in.

Also avoid using the oven and dryer during the daytime to decrease heat inside. 

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