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  • Reducing your energy usage doesn't have make a drastic impact on your every day life. Explore PWP's Energy Conservation page for tools, rebates, and tips to help you embrace energy efficiency while saving you money.

    Tools to Help You Conserve Energy

    Home Energy Reports - Insightful information on your home's energy use that includes a comparative analysis of similar homes in Pasadena

     Home Energy Calculator  - Target specific areas in your home that could be more efficient

    Kids Korner - Energy activities for kids

     

    Rebates and Incentives

     Home Energy Rebates - Save when you purchase efficient household appliances, home heating/cooling, & more

    Refrigerator Recycling Rebate - $50 rebate to recycle a working fridge/freezer

     

    Switch to LEDs

    PWP WebShop - Purchase LEDs, smart thermostats, string lights, and more at significant savings

    About LEDs - Not LEDs are created equal; learn more about how to choose the right LED for you

     

    Solar Program and Rebates

    Pasadena Solar Initiative PWP is one of the few utilities that are still providing incentives to help make the switch to solar power. Take advantage of the incentive today!

     

    Income-Qualified Programs

    Home Energy Rebates - Purchase any appliance featured in our Home Energy Rebates Program and receive DOUBLE the rebate

     Under One Roof - This multi-agency partnership offers bill assistance, FREE efficiency upgrades, and much more


    Energy Conservation Tips

    Lighten Up Your Load

    • Switch out your old incandescent light bulbs with LEDs and cut your energy use for lighting by up to 75%. (Important: Always treat CFLs as electronic waste when they go out, and recycle them at an e-waste collection center.)  
    • Replace your old incandescent holiday lights with LED holiday strands which use 90% less energy. 
    • Replace incandescent and fluorescent lighting with energy efficient LED lighting around your home.  

    Around the house

    • Lower your hot water temperature by setting the thermostat to "low," or below 120°F.
    • Install a water heater insulation blanket if your heater doesn't have an "Energy Guide" label indicating it as energy efficient.
    • Insulate the first 3 to 6 feet of cold and hot water pipes near your water heater. Insulating all hot water pipes is only necessary where pipes are located in a crawl space or attic. Keep foam insulation at least 6 inches from the flue of a gas water heater.
    • Turn your water heater control valve to "pilot" when you're away from home for a week or more.
    • Set your thermostat to 78°F in the summer. Note: The house will not cool down any faster if you crank up the thermostat past the desired temperature. Besides, it is easy to forget to turn it back down, which will waste energy dollars.
    • Regularly clean and replace filters to air conditioning units and appliances.
    • Try to use appliances before noon and after 7PM.
    • Set your hot water heater thermostat at 120 degrees or "low". It's hot enough for most needs and it cuts down on energy needed to keep water hot in the tank.
    • Wash only when you have full loads. When drying clothes, use the proper setting and load size.
    • Install a whole house fan. A new whole house fan installed between ceiling joists in the house can help defer central air conditioning use, and cut down on electricity bills.

    In the Kitchen

    Whether or not you plan to buy a new range or other cooking appliances, you can probably save some money by modifying your cooking habits.

    • Whenever possible, keep pots and pans covered. You will save fuel and shorten cooking time as well.
    • Using the proper flame height conserves fuel. The low flame setting is best for delicate sauces and milk, melting butter and cooking for small amounts of food. At a medium rate you can maintain a consistent boil, simmer, cook, fry or brown foods.
    • The highest flame setting should be reserved for a quick boil, stir frying or rapid cooking.
    • Use the microwave to provide a quick efficient alternative to oven cooking. Foods cook for a fraction of the energy and time.
    • Turn refrigerator setting to above 37°. Your refrigerator that is on 24 hours a day accounts for about 15% of the total home electricity bill. Check and clean the coils on the back or bottom of your refrigerator regularly, don't make it work harder than necessary. See your appliance manual for maintenance instructions. If you have an extra freezer or refrigerator that is nearly empty turn it off.

    In the Laundry Room

    • Replace your old gas dryer with a new one and save over 50% in energy costs.
    • Wash with warm or cold water, Always rinse in cold water.
    • Dry full loads of clothes but don't overfill the dryer. One washer load is one dryer load. Clothes should tumble freely.
    • Don't over dry clothes - it wastes energy, causes shrinkage, and shortens the life of the clothes.
    • Separate lightweight from heavyweight fabrics for faster, more even drying.
    • Dry two or more loads in a row, taking advantage of the heat still in the dryer from the first load. .

    In the Living Areas

    • When replacing appliances or equipment, buy products with the Energy Star® label, the symbol for energy efficiency. Households that replace existing equipment with Energy Star® products can cut annual energy bills by up to 30 percent.
    • Activate your Energy Star® "sleep" feature on home office equipment so that it automatically powers down when not in use to save up to $70 annually in electricity bills and improve product longevity.
    • Install glass doors in front of the fireplace to help keep warm air in the home.
    • Along with gas logs, add a cast-iron fireback to your fireplace to promote heat transfer into the room. Positioned against the back wall of a fireplace, a fireback protects the masonry of the back wall and radiates the heat of the fire forward.

    In the Yard

    • Consider landscaping around the home: Plant evergreen trees on the north side and leafy trees on the south side of your home to block winter winds and the summer sun.
    • Consider a solar cover for your pool; it lies on the water's surface and heats the water from the sun.
    • Pool and spa combos save energy because they share the same filtration and heating systems.
    • Use a time clock to pre-set the exact hours you want your pool heated.
    • When closing a pool for winter, drain all the water from the heater, filter, pump, and piping systems. Remove the pump motor and store in a dry place.

     

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