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PG&E offers energy conservation tips to help customers save money

Posted at 12:15 PM, Dec 21, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-21 15:15:28-05

Winter is here and so are higher energy bills. 

More energy is used in cooler months for heating and lighting and PG&E's senior director of energy efficiency believes "the first day of winter is the perfect time to follow some simple tips and take advantage of available programs that PG&E offers."

According to PG&E, the following tips may help reduce energy costs:

  1. Lower your thermostat when away: Save one percent on heating costs per each degree lowered over an eight-hour time frame.
  2. Control water temperature: Set water heater thermostat at 120 degrees or lower. Save 10 percent in water heating costs for every ten degrees lowered.
  3. Microwave and save: Reheating leftovers in a microwave takes less time and uses up to 80 percent less energy than a standard oven.
  4. Upgrade Lighting: Advanced LED’s use at least 75 percent less energy and last 25 times longer than incandescent lighting.

The company also suggests customers set-up online accounts to stay up to date on their energy usage and costs.