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Tips for staying cool without AC during the heat wave

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Most people have a window or side of their home where the sun beats down on the walls and windows. But the way you use your windows, shades, and even your home appliances can reduce the amount of heat that gets inside.

Fox 12's Jamie Wilson asked one Portlander how he stays cool during the day.

"We set the blinds all down, keep it dark. And then at night, open up the fans, cools it off. Turn it into a cave at night," said Brent Fare.

Fare is one of many Portlanders who doesn't have air conditioning, and energy experts say he's onto something.

Stan Sittser with PGE says an accordion shade can be a life saver.

"It really does a great job of blocking the light, blocking the heat. It's light in color so the sun reflects off of it," said Sittser.

To stay comfortable without spending a lot of cash, Sittser said open your windows at night to let cool air in, close them in the morning and raise you thermostat from 70 to 75. Just those few degrees saves energy and money, around $13 a month.

Keep a ceiling fan on low to move air around, use a microwave or outdoor barbecue instead of a conventional oven and replace your incandescent bulbs with LEDs.

"This [LED] bulb runs so cool I can touch the globe right after it's been burning. It uses one-fifth of the energy of a regular incandescent bulb," said Sittser.

Also consider investing in an energy efficient mini-split heat pump, a furnace and air conditioner in one.

"It cools in the summer, it heats during the winter and it's the most efficient way to heat and cool your home," said Sittser.

And when all else fails, Fare recommends the closest cool water source.

"We can hose off the kids or take a bunch of baths or something like that," said Fare.

Sittser said that Friday's energy usage is 30 percent higher than it was two weeks ago when it was 81 degrees.

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