Making your home energy efficient is easy as 1-2-3
Why save energy? Good question, saving energy is one of the simplest things you can do to save money so you can spend it on what matters the most - like that much needed vacation. Plus, it’s good for the environment. At Yolo Energy Watch we can help you find out what you can do to save energy, and point you to tools and resources to improve your bottom line and make your home more comfortable. Let’s get started with these three easy suggestions.
1) Where do I start?
Often times we don’t realize how much energy we are actually using or what is using energy. The first step to making a change is learning what to improve on. How much energy do you use and which appliances are using it? Here’s a couple easy ways to answer those questions.
Access your online account. As a PG&E customer you have access to several free resources online at pge.com. You can view your energy use, set monthly goals, view customized energy savings tips through Home Energy Checkup, and pay your bill.
What is Home Energy Checkup? Home Energy Checkup is an online tool that assesses your energy use, determines what appliances use the most energy, and provides a range of customized tips.
Know your electronics and appliances. Most large appliances, and some small, are constantly plugged in and possibly drawing energy. It’s a good idea to get familiar with your products and know how much energy they consume. You might be surprised to learn that some devices even use electricity when they are turned off and not in use. Luckily, there are watt-meters that can help. You can check out a watt-meter from the local library, just like you would check out a book, or you can call us and we will lend you one. It comes with instructions and is easy to use.
2) Start small - small actions make big differences.
Now that you know what is wasting energy try reducing it. Unplug electronics and small appliances when not in use or use a power strip for multiple devices, turn off lights, program your thermostat, and air dry laundry. If it’s time to buy a new washer, refrigerator , or water heater visit marketplace.pge.com to view Energy Star ratings, customer reviews, and much more.
3) Make some big changes - increase health and comfort.
When you’re ready to take the next step we have you covered. With Energy Upgrade California you can earn up to $5,500 in rebates. This statewide program includes a number of home energy efficiency upgrades for windows, water heaters, pool pumps, duct work, and insulation, to name a few, and all of which will make your home more comfortable. For more information and to find a qualified contractor visit pge.com/homeupgrade. A Home Upgrade must be done by a qualified contractor with an assessment made prior to installation.
View a catalog of residential rebates.
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You can afford comfort
Income qualified programs
PG&E offers the Energy Savings Assistance Program. It provides qualified customers with energy-saving improvements at no charge. Energy-saving measures include replacing your refrigerator, repairing or replacing your furnace or water heater, installing insulation, weatherproofing, energy-efficient light bulbs, caulking, low-flow showerheads and more.
If you don't have the money to upgrade your home now, financing may be available.
Residential Energy Efficiency Loan Assistance Program
Finance up to $50,000 for 15 years at competitive rates through a State of California-administered program available in all counties.
Golden State Finance Authority Residential Energy Retrofit Program
Energy upgrade financing of up to $50,000 for 15 years is available in 44 counties across California.