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:
- Lower your thermostat when away: Save one percent on heating costs per each degree lowered over an eight-hour time frame.
- Control water temperature: Set water heater thermostat at 120 degrees or lower. Save 10 percent in water heating costs for every ten degrees lowered.
- Microwave and save: Reheating leftovers in a microwave takes less time and uses up to 80 percent less energy than a standard oven.
- 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.