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Saving Energy With PG&E – 3 Tips For Energy Efficiency This Winter #PGEhome

It’s that time of year when we turn on the heat and lights a lot more than we did for the past 6 months with full days of sun and heat. But now it seems we live in an entirely new place. It gets dark many hours sooner, it gets really cold over night, to where we have the heat kick on during the night. Its only natural that we use more energy. We need heat and light since nature is providing us with less. Just in time for the drag on our energy and heating bills, take advantage of money saving features and tips to save.

Just in time for the higher energy use time of the year, PG&E has some really great resources to help you reduce your energy costs. Planning ahead and putting in place ways and things to reduce drafts, or shopping for new energy efficient appliances or appliances with extra energy saving features can earn rebates and also save a lot of money over this winter and for the future. Make sure you properly recycle old appliances like refrigerators, water heaters, and other materials that need to be disposed of properly, many scrap yards will dispose of it and possibly pay some scrap cash.

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No matter what you do, taking some measures and actions right now will save money. From keeping windows closed to, taking drafting vents, even things that cost nothing can save something. You would be amazed on what a little can do and how something as little as reducing drafts, can save you dollars a day in heating, meaning possibly hundred or hundreds a month in savings to air heating and cooling costs.

Here are 3 Tips For Energy Efficiency This Winter:

  1. Make sure your home has proper insulation around the doors, windows, and attic. It is important to let your home breath, but it is important to reduce drafts and leaking air. Seriously even just a quarter sized hole in a attic or door, can let in enough cold air to keep your furnace or electric heaters running. We keep our windows and doors locked to keep the seal tight, just closing something doesn’t make it sealed as well as locking it in place. We also have a fireplace and make sure the flute and doors are closed to stop any drafts. Also insulating behind outlet covers is a great way to save energy and be more efficient, especially in cold and windy areas.
  2. Plan your next project by focusing on a specific area of your home and find out the best savings and incentives with this Money Saver Tool. Check out flooring, HVAC, roofing, electronics, appliances, windows and more for rebates, current incentives, tips, resources, and ideas to help you start and get inspired.
  3. Changing out simple things like light bulbs and turning off power when not in use can save some serious money now and over time. Using lighting that use Compact Fluorescent Lights (CFL) or LED is a easy way to save and for something to pay for itself within a few years. We also have a TURN IT OFF policy in our home, which is simple to turn things off when not in use. Water, electricity, TVs, lights, anything that relies on something else that is not in use is wasteful!

Right now you can share your energy efficiency by entering the #PGEhome Instagram Photo Challenge Contest happening November 17-23 o their Instagram page.

How are you saving energy this winter?

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

13 Comments

  1. Jennifer @ Mom Spotted on November 25, 2014 at 4:39 pm

    We have a back door we need to fix. For now we have those floor draft things. Otherwise our home is pretty efficient.



  2. Emily @ Baby Dickey on November 25, 2014 at 4:12 pm

    Good tips! We really need to work on our fireplace – even with the flue closed, cold air seems to poor into the house. Right now we have a huge comforter in front of the doors to block the cold! Not very pretty :/



  3. Amy @ Oh So Savvy Mom on November 25, 2014 at 1:40 pm

    We’ve changed out all our light bulbs. We also try to keep the heater turned down and wear sweaters in the house.



  4. Mama to 5 BLessings on November 25, 2014 at 12:51 pm

    Great advice. We live in Florida so we do not use the heater but we do use the A/C all year long. We try to save money on our electric bill by opening windows when it is cool out and turning the A/C off.



  5. Emilie on November 25, 2014 at 10:44 am

    I definitely need to push for the turn it off policy in our house. I know we use way more power than we need to so it is a good reminder 🙁 For the most part we follow the other tips though! Thanks for sharing.



  6. Whitney Jordan on November 25, 2014 at 8:01 am

    I consider myself to be very conscious of conserving energy. I try to make sure things are off and/or unplugged if they aren’t in use and we build fires a lot in the winter so that the heater doesn’t have to run as much!



  7. Ellen That Chic Mom on November 25, 2014 at 6:23 am

    I never considered the insulation around outlets thanks for that tip! it’s supposed to be a cold winter and we need to save how we can!



  8. Janet W. on November 25, 2014 at 3:33 am

    These are all great tips! We definitely need to go around and check the insulation around our doors and windows!



  9. Elizabeth @ BeingMVP on November 24, 2014 at 11:47 pm

    We need to start turning off the lights more. Good thing it’s cooling down a bit so we aren’t running the ac 24/7!



  10. Wendy @ ABCs and Garden Peas on November 24, 2014 at 10:15 pm

    We had a home energy audit last year, and we’re actually doing pretty well with energy! We just need to seal up some air leaks around our doors and windows.



  11. Melissa on November 24, 2014 at 8:49 pm

    Great tips! We need to get better about turning off the lights. I like the idea of focusing on one room at a time.



  12. Kathy on November 24, 2014 at 2:54 pm

    I have been trying very hard to make sure I turn off the lights when I leave for work. I just got my power bill and it doubled this month… ouch!



  13. Virginia @thatbaldchick on November 24, 2014 at 1:42 pm

    Great tips for saving energy! My husband is constantly switching things off around here. LOL