Set thermostats — If using the fireplace and health permits, set the thermostat to 68°F or lower. For each degree above 68°F, 3-5% more energy is used. Reminder to close the fireplace damper when not in use to prevent cold air from entering. Get a $50 rebate on a qualified smart thermostat.
Use LED lights — Compared to incandescent bulbs, LEDs use 75% less energy and can last up to 20 years! Search and shop for LEDs here.
Set your refrigerators to 38°F — Keeping your refrigerator cool (not cold) minimizes the annual costs of it always running.
Clear areas around vents — Blockages, like furniture and carpet, make heating systems work harder and prevent rooms from warming up quickly. Keep areas around vents open to minimize pressure that could cause leaks or cracks in the duct system.
Insulate outlets and light switches — Insulating helps prevent drafts in the walls that separate your home and the outdoors. Make this a DIY Project.
Let in the sun — Opening blinds during the day captures the heat and provides natural light. Closing them at night reduces chill from cool windows.
Use solar outdoor lights — Reduce outdoor lighting costs without compromising your safety or security.
Get wise about dish washing — Operate your dishwasher with full loads and air-dry dishes on the energy saver setting. Find out if handwashing dishes uses more energy than a dishwasher here.
Plug decorations into power strips — Turn off power strips when lights and decorations are not in use.
Buy ENERGY STAR products — Save up to 65% more energy with ENERGY STAR appliances and devices. Visit PG&E's Marketplace to search and compare products.
Turn off your water heater — When away, turn off the water heater or set its thermostat to "vacation mode" when planning to be away for a few days.
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