Five Easy Ways to Save Energy

Five Easy Ways to Save Energy

Is your energy bill getting higher? It’s common to see a rise in your bill during the colder and darker months as we start heating our homes more frequently, keeping the lights on for longer, and preparing big holiday meals. You can still do all of those things while saving energy and cutting your carbon footprint and your energy bill. Here are a few quick and easy ideas to get you started.

1. Start with your bill.

Log into your PG&E account to review your energy usage. See how much energy you’re using and what time(s) of the day you’re using the most electricity. Your bill can help identify which appliances or activities use the most energy. Consider reducing use of those appliances, using an on-off power strip, or unplugging electronics when you aren’t using them. If you can avoid using large appliances from 4 pm-9 pm, switching to a Time-of-Use rate can help you lower your bill.  Log in to your PG&E account to view or change your rate plan.

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2. Focus on DIY upgrades.

Replacing incandescent and CFL light bulbs with LEDs is a quick fix. LEDs last longer and are more energy efficient, saving you money on your bill and replacement bulbs. Installing low-flow water fixtures and faucet aerators are other easy upgrades that can lower your gas and water bill.

3. Use fans, air conditioners, and heaters to your advantage.

Set your thermostat as high as you can in hotter months and as low as possible in cooler months. Using an ENERGY STAR® certified ceiling fan along with your air conditioners can save energy without compromising comfort. Ceiling fans are great for warming up a room and saving energy during cold months too!  Reverse the direction of your ceiling fan so that it turns clockwise and set it to low. This will make the fan pull cold air up towards the ceiling and circulate warm air down. Save even more by turning your heater, air conditioner, and fans off when you leave a room or your home.

4. Check for easy repairs.

If you have an HVAC system, check your filters. They can get clogged with allergens and dust, making your system work harder. Changing the filters regularly can lower your utility bill, and fixing water leaks can save up to 10% on your water bill.

5. Invest in energy-saving improvements.

Install more insulation and seal your doors, windows, and air ducts. If you have any appliance such as an air conditioner, stove, refrigerator, or water heater that is 15 years or older, upgrade them to high-efficiency models that use less energy. MCE has a heat pump water heater rebate that contractors and installers can take advantage of. When evaluating your choices, look for Energy Star® certified models.

MCE and our partner, Franklin Energy, are working to connect customers to energy-saving resources. Qualifying homeowners and renters in MCE’s service area can receive no-cost efficiency upgrades and a virtual home energy assessment. Learn more about energy savings and complete an interest form.

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