Make 2019 the year of lower energy bills. Start with these simple things you can do to help lower energy costs.
Doing small, easy things, like turning off lights when leaving a room or hang drying clothes instead of using the dryer, can make a long-term difference.
LEDs use 25% to 80% less energy, and last three to 25 times longer than traditional incandescent bulbs. Search and shop for LEDs here.
Household electronics and appliances, like TVs, laptops and coffeemakers, still consume energy when turned off. Smart power strips shut off power when these devices are not in use and can help save up to $75 a year.
Replace your manual or programmable thermostat with a new ENERGY STAR® smart thermostat and save up to $390 on heating and cooling costs while increasing comfort. You may also be eligible for a $50 rebate on qualifying products.
Energy-efficient appliances may cost more, but their lower operating costs (9%-25% lower than conventional models) can make them the better long term value. Visit PG&E's Marketplace to search and compare products.
Heating water is the second biggest home energy expense. Lower these costs by: setting your water heater thermostat to 120°F or lower, insulating the water heater and pipes or investing in a new, energy-efficient water heater. Other ways to save include: taking shorter showers, turning off water when not using it directly or running only full loads of a dishwasher.
Changing how you cook and using energy-efficient cooking appliances can help reduce your energy use in the kitchen:
• Choose the most efficient cooking method for the job. Small leftovers can cook more efficient in a microwave than on a range.
• Size matters. Use a pot or pan that fits the amount of food being cooked and cut food into smaller pieces to reduce cooking time.
Television bright display modes are often unnecessary for your home and use a considerable amount of energy. Change TV settings to reduce this unnecessary energy use – look for the energy-saving setting, which automatically adjusts screen brightness based on conditions. If your TV doesn't have this specific setting, you can manually reduce brightness and contrast.