Try these simple tips for a summer of savings!

When the days heat up, it can be a challenge to keep your energy use down. Air conditioning systems and pool pumps are the top reasons for summer energy spikes, but you can still stay cool and comfortable and reduce your usage with these tips.

  • Run the dishwasher only when full.
  • Wash full loads of laundry using cold water. Today's modern detergents work well in cold water and about 90 percent of the energy used by clothes washers goes to water heating.
  • When possible, delay chores that produce heat such as dishwashing, laundering and cooking until cooler times of the day or night.
  • Set your air conditioning thermostat higher than 78°F (health permitting) when you're at home and to 85°F when you're away.
  • Use a ceiling fan while you're home and running the air conditioner. This will allow you to raise your thermostat setting about 4 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Allow cooler air from the morning or night before to flow into your home. As the temperature rises, close the windows and draw the shades to keep pre-cooled air inside.
  • Check the filter on your heating, ventilation and air conditioning system. A dirty filter can cause your system to work harder to keep you cool, wasting energy.
  • If possible, enjoy an afternoon out—at the pool, movies, park or local library—to reduce your air conditioning use at home.

Learn how to reduce your energy usage and lower your costs, this summer and all-year round.

  • Use outside awnings or plants to shade your home and windows.
  • Move your AC to a north-facing or shaded window if possible to increase efficiency. If you can’t move your AC, consider adding a shade for protection.
  • Fill up your refrigerator to keep food colder. Clean the coils regularly and move it away from the wall. Keep the refrigerator’s temperature between 38-42º and the freezer’s between 0-5º.
  • Turn off lights when not needed.
  • Check air vents and registers to verify they are well-sealed where they meet floors, walls and ceilings.
  • Use the bathroom fan to remove heat and humidity after bathing. Verify that bathroom and kitchen fans are vented to the outside and not to the attic.
  • 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.
  • Clean the clothes dryer’s lint screen after every load. Run full loads and use the moisture-sensing setting.

Add these tips to your list:

  • Save energy and money by using pool covers.
  • Schedule annual service for your AC to ensure its peak operation.
  • Seal air ducts using mastic sealant or metal, and insulate all easy-to-reach ducts. In many homes, about 20 percent of ducted air is lost due to leaks, holes and poorly connected ducts.

Consider these investments for long-term energy savings:

  • Add insulation in your attic to keep cool air inside your home.
  • Replace pool pumps and motors with energy-efficient models. If your pool has a filter and automatic cleaning sweep, shorten the operating time.
  • Replace home appliances and windows with ENERGY STAR® models.
  • Install a whole-house attic fan that draws cooler morning and evening air into your home and pushes hot air out.
  • 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.

Check your household’s energy use, compare rate options and find more savings tips at your online account.

Even more ways to save

Discover rebates and other energy-saving steps you can take throughout your home.

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Pool Pump rebate

Qualify for a $100 rebate from PG&E by upgrading to energy-efficient pool equipment. Compare and shop for a new pool pump or pump motor.

Download Energy Code Compliance for your Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) Rebate Form (PDF, 405 KB)

HVAC code compliance rebate

You may be eligible for $200 for each heating and air conditioning system replacement permitted through your local building department. Save energy and money while reducing your impact on the environment.

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Home Energy Checkup

A Home Energy Checkup can show you affordable ways to lower and control your energy use during the hottest days. Receive a personalized plan in less than five minutes.

Learn more about rate changes

The way Californians are charged for energy is changing

You may start to experience gradual changes to your energy statement as new statewide rate changes take effect. Lower your energy use to better manage your bills as these changes occur.

Learn about the Home Upgrade program

The Home Upgrade program can help homeowners receive up to $6,500 in rebates when making qualified energy saving home improvements.

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Learn about the Balanced Payment Plan

The Balanced Payment Plan can help you spread higher summer energy costs over the year by providing you with a predictable monthly bill.

Learn about financial assistance program eligibility

Check out the following PG&E programs to find if you qualify for financial assistance.

California Alternate Rates

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

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

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Learn about the Energy Savings Assistance Program

The Energy Savings Assistance Program offers income-qualified renters and homeowners no-cost solutions to help make homes at least five years old more energy efficient, safe and comfortable. Improvements may include weatherproofing, minor home repairs and select appliance replacement.

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Learn about saving water during the drought

Save Our Water is a statewide program that offers ideas for reducing your water usage. 

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