Smarter gas usage
View common-sense tips to help lower energy use and costs at your business
Cutting back on energy consumption is everyone’s business.
Start with simple steps
Make an immediate difference in your energy costs with these easy changes:
- Turn off equipment when not in use.
- Verify that the timed settings on your heating and air conditioning system match when your building is in use.
- Lower the thermostat on your furnace by one degree and save up to 3 percent in energy usage.
- Close curtains, shades and blinds at night, on weekends and all times when your building is unoccupied.
Find quick energy-saving fixes
Use this checklist when planning for upgrades:
- Add weather stripping, caulking or foam insulation around windows and doors to help reduce drafts.
- Caulk ducts, plumbing openings, recessed lighting fixtures and other spaces that leak air into walls, floors and ceilings.
- Upgrade to products with the ENERGY STAR® label.
- Ensure that the furnace damper works correctly to avoid heating cold, outside air.
Plan for big energy-saver projects
Start budgeting for energy saving upgrades:
- Hire a contractor to check your central heating and cooling ducts for leaks. Sealing and insulating air ducts can help improve system efficiency by up to 20 percent.
- Replace windows with high-efficiency ENERGY STAR windows. Replacing windows can help reduce your heating and cooling costs by up to 15 percent.
- Fix or upgrade defective plumbing, air ducts and pipes.
Locate contractors and trade professionals
Find local trade professionals and contractors who participate in the PG&E Energy-Efficiency Rebates for Your Business program. Visit Search Trade Professionals.