Avoid using the oven on hot days. Instead, cook on the stove, use a microwave oven, or grill outside. Clear the area around where your air conditioner vents to the outside to ensure the best possible ventilation. Save on cooling costs by setting your thermostat to 75-78°F when you're at home, health permitting. Set it to 85°F when you're away for more than a few hours. If possible, enjoy an afternoon out at the pool, park, or local library. You can also visit your community cooling centers (see www.pge.com/coolingcenter). Wait until cooler times of the day to do tasks that make your house warmer, like laundry and cooking. If you turn your ceiling fan on when using the air conditioner, you can raise your thermostat about 4°F to save on cooling costs with no reduction in comfort. Make sure your air conditioners fresh air vent is closed so you're not spending extra money cooling outside air. Turn bathroom and kitchen ventilation fans off about 10 minutes after their job is done to keep them from pushing cooled air out of your house. Hang laundry outside. Take advantage of late sunsets and warm evenings to bypass your dryer and let your clothes air dry. Turn off lights. In addition to switching off lights when you’re not using rooms, consider a summer tradition of candlelit dinners or dimly lit game nights. During the day, rely on natural light alone. Clear the area around where your air conditioner vents to the outside to ensure the best possible ventilation. Make sure the outside part of your air conditioner can easily ventilate by clearing any debris or other items from the area.