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In addition to getting your power from carbon-free and renewable sources, one of the best ways you can reduce your carbon footprint is by reducing the amount of energy you use. This also helps you save money, regardless of where you get your energy. 

 

Easy energy saving tips you should consider:

  • Replace traditional incandescent lighting with energy efficient compact fluorescent or LED lighting. These new lights can reduce your energy use by up to 75%. Upgrading just 15 bulbs can potentially save you about $50 per year. Don't forget about your outdoor lighting!
  • Only 20% of homes built before 1980 are well insulated. Proper insulation is critical for maintaining a comfortable and energy efficient home. Consider adding insulation to your attic or roof, inside your walls, and around your ducts in unconditioned spaces. 
  • Leaky houses waste energy because heated or cooled air can easily escape. Have a professional seal leaks around doors, windows, ductwork, piping, and between floors and walls. 
  • Upgrade to a programmable thermostat so that you can automatically adjust temperatures when you are not at home or at night. When used properly, these devices can reduce your heating and cooling bills by 10-15%.
  • Replace your old appliances with energy efficient models. Look for the Energy Star label. As an example, ENERGY STAR clothes washers can reduce energy consumption by up to 70% and can reduce water use by 50%. 
  • When replacing windows, look for double-pane, low-E, and gas-filled windows to maximize energy efficiency. The more windows you replace, the more efficient your home will be. 
  • Choose a cool roof when it's time to replace yours. Cool roofs are better at reflecting heat and keeping it out of your attic and living spaces, which saves on your cooling bills.

Need help deciding? Hire a professional to do an energy assessment of your home.

The following link provides you with a list of home inspectors that can perform an energy analysis.

Inspectors List (Updated March 2020)

Click on the link below to find certified Home Energy Rating System Raters (HERS Raters) in California that can provide you with the right service based on your needs. 

https://ww2.energy.ca.gov/HERS/providers_2016standards.html

Need help paying for improvements? There are a variety of programs that can help you pay for energy efficiency upgrades. Review the list of programs below to see which one might be right for you.

Residential Energy Efficiency Loan Assistance Program - This is a loan program that allows residential and commercial property owners to implement energy efficiency improvements to their owner-occupied properties and pay for them as an assessment on their individual tax bill. Learn more about the program and find contractors and lenders on the State's web page

SoCalGas Rebates - SoCalGas currently offers a rebate of 30 cents per square foot for wall insulation and 15 cents for attic  insulation. There are also rebates available for new energy-efficient furnaces, water heaters, dryers, fireplace inserts. For more information go to the SoCalGas website.
 
Southern California Edison (SCE) - has a program for income-qualified residents that provides free appliances and installation of energy-efficient refrigerators, air conditioners and more, as well as energy efficiency services like weatherization that will help you save energy and money every day.

 

 

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