For Immediate Release: August 31, 2022

SMUD offers tips to stay cool and save money

Nine days of 100-degree temperatures forecasted

A heat wave is forecasted to begin today with temperatures at or above 100 degrees through next week. Power reliability is a core value and SMUD has enough power resources to meet expected demand, barring a grid or other emergency such as wildfire or unexpected power shortfall.

While SMUD customers enjoy some of the lowest rates in California, air-conditioning needs can drive customers’ energy usage and bills higher. To help keep energy use in check without giving up cooling comfort, the first step is to keep a home from heating up, which can help reduce air conditioning usage during the peak hours of 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. weekdays.

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

  • In the summer, use fans and close blinds on windows that get direct sun.
  • Set your thermostat to 78 degrees or higher. For every two degrees that you turn your thermostat up, you can save 5-10 percent on cooling costs.
  • Use a programmable/smart thermostat to help control HVAC.
  • Turn off lights and/or switch to LEDs.
  • Avoid running large appliances during the peak hours of 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Prepare cool meals, use the BBQ or small appliances that don’t heat up your home.
  • Customers can also get customized tips, manage their bills and set up alerts on the SMUD website at or via the SMUD mobile app.

In the event of an outage, customers can report and track restoration times at and on the SMUD app.

About SMUD

As the nation’s sixth-largest, community-owned, not-for-profit electric service provider, SMUD has been providing low-cost, reliable electricity to Sacramento County for more than 75 years. SMUD is a recognized industry leader and award winner for its innovative energy efficiency programs, renewable power technologies and for its sustainable solutions for a healthier environment. Today, SMUD’s power supply is on average about 50 percent carbon free and SMUD has a goal to reach zero carbon in its electricity production by 2030. For more information on SMUD’s Zero Carbon Plan and its customer programs, visit