Find tips to conserve energy and money all year

Use these tips to save energy every day:

  • Keep your refrigerator full. Try using jugs of water. Unplug and recycle your second refrigerator.
  • Vacuum the coils in the back and bottom of your refrigerator and freezer to increase air flow.
  • Operate your dishwasher with full loads, and dry dishes on the energy saver setting. If the manufacturer's instructions permit, open the door at the end of the last rinse cycle to air dry dishes.
  • Cook on range-top burners when practical instead of in the oven.
  • Switch to ENERGY STAR LEDs that use at least 75 percent less energy than incandescent bulbs and last up to 25 times longer.
  • Use dimmer switches or timers on lights. Dimmer switches can also extend bulb life.
  • Wrap your water heater with a water heater blanket, especially if it's in an unheated area of your home.
  • Set your water heater thermostat to 120 degrees or 140 degrees if you have a dishwasher.
  • Install energy-saving showerheads, faucets and flow restrictors.
  • Microwave small amounts of food instead of using the oven to reduce your cooking energy use by up to 80 percent.
  • Wash clothes in cold water and save up to $30 a year on hot water heating with a gas water heater.
  • Use the clothes dryer moisture sensor to turn off the dryer automatically. Operating the dryer an extra 15 minutes per load can cost up to $34 annually. Clean the lint trap between loads, which can provide additional savings.

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  • Move your air conditioner (AC) to a north-facing or shaded window, if possible, because direct sunlight reduces efficiency. If you can’t move your AC, consider adding a shade for protection.
  • Check air vents and registers to verify that they are well sealed where they meet floors, walls and ceilings.
  • Use the bathroom exhaust fan to remove heat and humidity after bathing. Verify that bathroom and kitchen fans are vented to the outside.
  • Cut your shower time by in half to reduce water heating costs by 33 percent. Showers can account for up to two-thirds of your water heating costs. Install low-flow showerheads and save up to 16 percent on your water heating costs.
  • Unplug electronics and chargers when not in use. Most electronics use energy even when switched off. Turn computers and printers off at the power strip.
  • Shorten filter and automatic cleaning sweep times on pools to not exceed recommended turnover rate and run during off-peak hours. Use pool covers. Check with your pool contractor if you could benefit from a shorter cleaning time.
  • Use outside awnings or plants to shade your home and windows.
  • Seal air ducts using mastic sealant or metal. Insulate all easy-to-reach ducts. In many homes, about 20 percent of the ducted air is lost due to leaks, holes and poorly connected ducts.

PLEASE NOTE: Estimated annual savings is based on assuming an electricity rate of $0.19/kilowatt hour (kWh), gas rate of $1.19/therm, and water and sewer rate of $11.92/1,000 gallons.

Plan and budget for these higher-priced updates:

  • Add insulation in your attic to keep cool air inside.
  • Maximize energy savings by purchasing ENERGY STAR® Most Efficient appliances.
  • Replace windows with ENERGY STAR® windows, and you can reduce your heating and cooling costs up to 15 percent.
  • Install a whole-house attic fan that draws cooler morning air into your home and pushes out hot air.
  • Install a door sweep on your garage door to seal the gap between the bottom of the door and the threshold, preventing warm air from entering and cool air from escaping.
  • Learn about rebates for installing a solar water heating system. Visit Solar Water Heating for Your Home.
  • Purchase a dishwasher with a booster heater to lower the temperature setting on your water heater.
  • Finance up to $50,000 for 15 years at competitive rates through the State of California-administered Residential Energy Efficiency Loan program available in all counties. Learn more at the GoGreen Financing website.
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Save Energy in the Holiday Season

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Save During the Summer

When the days heat up, it can be a challenge to keep your energy use down. You can still stay cool and comfortable and reduce your usage with these tips.

Learn about SmartRate™ discounts

PG&E offers discounts up to 20 percent for saving energy when demand is highest, typically on very hot weekdays between late spring and early fall. The less energy you use during these times, the more you save. Learn more about these discounts.

Learn about the Home Upgrade Program

This program can help homeowners receive up to $5,500 in rebates when making qualified, energy-saving home improvements. Get program details.

Learn about Budget Billing

This plan can help you spread higher seasonal energy costs over the year by providing you with a predictable monthly bill. Get plan details.

Learn about financial assistance program eligibility

Check out the following PG&E programs to learn whether you qualify for financial assistance.

Learn about the California Alternate Rates for Energy (CARE) program

This program offers major savings on energy costs for qualifying households. The easy-to-complete, online application is confidential, and no proof of income is required. Check whether you qualify for the CARE program.

Learn about the Energy Savings Assistance Program

This program offers no-cost solutions to income-qualified renters and homeowners to help them make homes at least five years old more energy efficient, safe and comfortable. Improvements may include weatherproofing, minor home repairs and select appliance replacement. Learn more about this program.

Vacation Proofing Your Home

Prep your home for energy efficiency when you’re away on vacation.

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Vacation Proofing Your Home


Prep your home for energy efficiency when you’re away on vacation.

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