For Immediate Release: May 26, 2020

First heat wave of 2020 expected this week

SMUD offers tips to affordably be cool and comfortable 

The first heat wave of 2020 is expected to begin on Memorial Day with high temperatures through the week. Power reliability is a core value and SMUD has enough power resources to meet summer demand, barring a regional or state grid emergency.

SMUD also wants customers to know that crews are always ready to respond safely and quickly in the event of local power outages.

While SMUD customers enjoy some of the lowest rates in California, air-conditioning needs can drive customer usage and bills, especially now during the COVID-19 crisis.

It’s easy to keep energy use in check without giving up cooling comfort. The first step is keeping your home from heating up, which can reduce immediate cooling costs and help save on long-term costs from wear and tear on cooling equipment.

 SMUD has energy-saving solutions available on its website and offers the following tips to save money:

  • In the summer, use fans and close blinds on windows that get direct sun.
  • Swap out light bulbs for LEDs.
  • Use a programmable/smart thermostat to help control HVAC.
  • Customers can also get customized tips, manage their bills and set up alerts on the website.