With most people spending more time at home, coupled with the recent heat wave, household energy usage tends to increase along with temperature. There are many ways you can save both energy and money through conserving energy and taking advantage of rebates and incentives.
Try adjusting your daily habits within your home!
- Replace your light bulbs: Light-emitting diode bulbs (LEDs) use anywhere from 25-80% less electricity and last 3-25 times longer than traditional incandescent light bulbs.
- Unplug electronics when not in use or use smart power strips: It is estimated that 75% of the energy used to power household electronics is consumed when they are switched off. Smart power strips shut off the power to electronics when they are not in use.
- Purchase energy efficient appliances: Appliances are responsible for roughly 13% of your total household energy use. When purchasing an energy efficient appliance, look for the ENERGY STAR label, which is a federal guarantee that the appliance will consume less energy when in use.
Energy Efficiency Rebates and Incentives
- Energy Savings Assistance Programs. If you are recently unemployed, furloughed, receiving unemployment benefits or otherwise income-qualified you may be eligible to receive energy-efficient appliances and home retrofits at no charge or minimal charge from both Southern California Edison (SCE) and SoCalGas. Check out the links to see if you qualify for either of these utility programs through SCE or SoCalGas. SoCalGas also offers the Residential Direct Install Program which provides no-cost energy improvements to eligible renters and homeowners living in single-family and multifamily dwellings to help make their homes more comfortable and help conserve energy.
- SCE and SoCalGas Marketplaces. These websites help you research and find energy saving products such as appliances, electronics, electric vehicles, and rebate offers. Tools help you see how efficiency translates into dollar savings. You can also create and save custom searches and get notified when prices drop. Check out the links through SCE or SoCalGas.