Energy Efficiency Tips

  • shutterstock_37825696Install a programmable thermostat to help automatically regulate your home temperature for comfort control and energy savings.
  • Open your drapes and shades during the day, allowing the sun to warm your house and close them at night to limit the amount of heat that escapes.
  • Close off air and heat vents in unused rooms.
  • Clean or replace furnace filters according to manufacturer recommendations.  A simple cleaning or change can save up to 2% on your heating costs.
  • Install wall and attic insulation and weatherstrip or caulk “leaky” doors and windows.
  • Close your fireplace damper tightly when not in use.
  • Set your water heater to the “normal” setting or 120 degrees unless your dishwasher requires a higher setting.
  • Install a water heater blanket, and insulate water pipes leading from the hot water heater.
  • Cook efficiently: use correct size pots and pans and preheat ovens only as needed.
  • Install low-flow showerheads and faucet aerators.  They can save 5+ gallons of water/day in addition and lower heating costs.
  • Take shorter showers.
  • Wash only full loads in your dishwasher and clothes washer.
  • Look  for energy efficient models with the ENERGY STAR® label and higher (EF) ratings when replacing clothes washers, dishwashers and water heaters, etc. For more information, contact PACE Energy Savings Project at (800) 716-2218.

Sources: Southern California Gas Company and State of California, Community Services and Development.