Heatwave tips and resources

We're here to help find ways to reduce your electricity use and keep you safe and cool during hot summer days.


Cooling centers are opening around the Sacramento region this week, offering places for our community to beat the summer heat.

Here are some suggestions for you:

Cooling centers

(masks required at all locations)

Location  Address  City  Hours  Dates  Phone#
Wackford Community Complex 9014 Bruceville Rd Elk Grove 12 - 8 PM TBD  
Hagginwood Community Center 3271 Marysville Blvd Sacramento 12 - 8 PM 7/9 - 7/12  
Hart Senior Center 915 27th St Sacramento 12 - 8 PM 7/9 - 7/12  
Dept of Human Assistance 1725 28th St Sacramento 2 - 8 PM 7/9 - 7/12  
Dept of Human Assistance  2700 Fulton Ave Sacramento 2 - 8 PM 7/9 - 7/12  
Dept of Human Assistance 5474 Watt Ave North Highlands Closed Closed  
Dept of Human Assistance  2450 Florin Rd Sacramento 2 - 8 PM 7/9 - 7/12  
Dept of Human Assistance  3960 Research Dr Sacramento 2 - 8 PM 7/9 - 7/12  
Folsom Public Library,
Folsom Public Library Meeting Room
411 Stafford St Folsom 

10 AM - 7 PM
(Thu - Sat)
2 - 7 PM

7/9 - 7/12 1-916-461-6130
Capitol City Seventh-day Adventist Church 6701 Lemon Hill Ave Sacramento  11 AM - 7:30 PM 7/8 - 7/12 1-916-381-5353
Davis Senior Center  646 A St  Sacramento  12 - 8 PM TBD 1-530-757-5696
Rancho Cordova City Hall 2729 Prospect Park Dr Rancho Cordova 2 - 8 PM  7/9 - 7/11  
Citrus Heights Community Center 6300 Fountain Sq Dr Citrus Heights 12 - 7 PM 7/8 - 7/12  
Elk Grove Animal Shelter 9150 Union Park Way Elk Grove 12 - 8 PM 7/9 - 7/11  
Chabolla Community Center 600 Chabolla Ave Galt 12 - 8 PM 7/9 - 7/11  

Community water parks

 Location  Address
Magnolia Park  215 Greg Thatch Cir
Witter Ranch Park 3795 Saintsbury Dr
Golden Poppy Park 5765 Tres Pieza Dr
Valley Oak Park 2780 Mabry Dr
Wild Rose Park 5200 Kankakee Dr
Natomas Regional Park 2501 New Market Dr
Jefferson 1990 Roma Ct
Shasta 7407 Imagination Pkwy
McClatchy 3500 5th Ave
Oki 2715 Wisseman Dr
Artivio Guerrero 6000 61st St
Muir 1515 C St

Sacramento and El Dorado County resources

Sacramento libraries, including Library Galleria downtown, are open during normal business hours. Check the library website for hours. Masks are required.

Location Address City Hours Phone# 
Fairgrounds - Library 345 Fair Ln Placerville 12 - 7 PM 1-530-621-5540
Fairgrounds - Library 345 Fair Ln Placerville 10 AM - 5 PM 1-530-621-5540
Cameron Park Branch - Library 2500 Country Club Dr Cameron Park Call for more info
El Dorado Hills Branch - Library 7455 Silva Valley Pkwy El Dorado Hills Call for more info
Georgetown Branch - Library 6680 Orleans St Georgetown Call for more info
Pollock Pines Branch - Library 6210 Pony Express Trail Pollock Pines Call for more info
Community Resource Center 1867 Broadway Dr Placerville Call for more info
Upper Room Dining Hall
1868 Broadway Dr Placerville
Call for more info
Placerville Aquatic Center 3071 Benham St Placerville
Call for more info


We have suggestions to help you stay comfortable while conserving energy.

Staying cool

  • To help conserve power during heatwaves, set your thermostat to 80 degrees or higher. You'll save around 5 to 10 percent on cooling costs for every two degrees you raise the temperature.
  • Decreasing your AC use is the most effective way to save energy. Most people can raise the temperature 3-4 degrees and still stay comfortable by closing shades and using fans. Remember to turn fans off when you leave the room.
  • Sunlight passing through windows heats your home and makes your AC work harder. You can block this heat by closing your window blinds or drapes.
  • If you have one or more window air conditioners, consider turning them off between 5-8 PM in the rooms you're not using. Or turn them all off and use fans to stay cool.
  • If you're home on a weekday before 5 PM, precool your home. Turn on the air conditioning in the morning, then turn it off before the peak hours of 5-8 PM to enjoy the cool air you have stored up.


  • Avoid heating up you kitchen by preparing cold meals or putting your grill to work. Or use your oven or stove earlier in the day or later in the evening, when temperatures are cooler.
  • Use small appliances to cook. Microwaves, toaster ovens and pressure cookers use about 66% less energy than a conventional oven.

Around the house

  • Appliances typically account for 13% of your total energy use. Try to avoid using multiple appliances like your dishwasher, air conditioner and washer and dryer at the same time between 5 - 8 PM during the week, when rates are highest. 
  • You can't unplug some big electricity users, like your fridge. But did you know you can save nearly as much by unplugging your DVR and game consoles? Advanced power strips can also help save energy on devices not in use. Shop now and get instant rebates at SMUD Energy Store.
  • Put off running the dishwasher or doing laundry until after 8 PM.
  • Use your oven, stove, dishwasher, dryer, washing machine and other heat-producing appliances early in the morning or later in the evening, when temperatures are cooler.

Get more savings tips

Sacramento County Public Health reminds us to take steps to stay safe and healthy during the heatwave.

Tips to beat the heat

  • Stay hydrated – Drink plenty of water.
  • Limit sun exposure – When possible, stay in air conditioning, take cool showers or wipe a cold wet cloth on your head and neck.
  • Check on loved ones – Help take care of older friends, family and neighbors, especially if they are less mobile, live alone or don’t have air conditioning.
  • Wear lightweight clothing – Lightweight, light-colored and loose-fitting clothing is cooler and more comfortable in hot temperatures.
  • Avoid being outside – Try to be outside only in the cooler morning and evening hours. Avoid exercise or being outside during the hottest part of the day.
  • Be aware of hot cars – Never leave a person or a pet in a parked car, even for a short time. The temperature can reach 100 degrees in the car in less than 10 minutes on an 80 degree day.
  • Keep pets safe – Remember to give your pets plenty of water. Make sure they have shade outdoors or keep them inside where it's cool. Avoid exercising your pet in high temperatures or walking them on hot pavement.
  • Wear sunscreen – Protect your skin by using SPF 30 or higher.

Compare energy costs of appliances at different times of the day and get room-by-room energy tips to help you save.

While risk of wildfire is low in our service area, we encourage customers to be prepared for a possible emergency.

Be prepared to go to a location with backup power in case of emergency, especially if you use medical equipment.

Helpful links

Here is some additional information to help you during the heatwave:

SMUD resources

Other resources