You don’t have to look further if you wanted tips on how to save on energy.
Your best source of energy saving tips is just “an invoice away,” your friendly utility companies.
I know that these companies are for profit but they also wanted you to conserve energy. These companies are also concern about the environment and using more energy means more negative impact to the environment such as more carbon emissions, pollution, etc. Not only that they have a lot of energy saving tips but they offer a lot of incentives or rebates that you may not be aware about.
As you know, utility companies have somehow monopolize designated regions. Each regions are run by selected companies so I won’t be listing all of them.
Instead, I will just look at Southern California Edison, our own electricity utility company, just to provide you examples of the things that you can get from them.
With up to $1,000 worth of rebates and incentives that the company offers, it surely pays to be eco-friendly!
2012 Residential Savings Guide
Energy Efficiency Rebates:
- $35 to $75 for an Energy Star qualified refrigerator
- $30 for recycling an inefficient a freezer or refrigerator
- $30 for an electric water heater.
- $200 for a qualified pool pump and motor
FACT: Replace just four of your most used incandescent bulbs with CFLs and you’ll save up to $35 a year.
ENERGY STAR ® Compact Fluorescent Lights (CFLs) save money and are better for the environment. To be specific, a CFL uses up to 75% less energy than a similar wattage incandescent bulb. And they last as much as ten times longer than incandescent bulbs.”
FACT: An average-use customer can save up to $300 per year on their energy bill with an energy-efficient, multi-speed pool pump and motor.
You can start saving every day when you replace your old equipment with qualified energy-efficient models. Get a $200 rebate with a multi-speed pump and motor.
FACT: Whole house fans typically use about one tenth the electricity of comparable-sized air conditioners. Everyone knows that heat rises.
When you install a whole house fan in your attic, you can quickly and efficiently remove this hot, stuffy air and help cool with your entire house. SCE will help you pay for the installation of a whole house fan with a $100 rebate. you’ll also save money using the whole house fan in combination with your central air conditioner.
FACT: Using solar energy to supply energy to a million homes would reduce CO2 emissions by 4.3 million tons per year, equal to removing 850,000 cars from the road.
Southern California has an abundant supply of sunshine. And solar energy is friendly to the environment. By installing a photovoltaic solar energy system into your home, you’ll help keep California’s air clean and diversify our energy supply. Incentives are available through the California Solar Initiative to help offset the cost of buying a solar energy system. This program is authorized by the California Public Utilities Commission and began January 1, 2007 and runs for 10 years. Plus, you may qualify for U.S. Federal tax incentives. (Consult the IRS or your CPA for more tax information.)
When you use energy wisely, not only that you’re saving money but you are also saving the environment. So check with your local utility companies and discover the various rebates and incentives that you can avail!
What about you? Do you have additional tips on how you conserve energy?
Miss T @ Prairie Eco-Thrifter says
Closing your blinds in summer to keep the heat out definitely cuts down on cooling costs.
Nice tip,thanks for stopping by Miss T
Obviously turning off the lights when you exit a room is important. I think I watched a Myth Busters a few years ago and they said if the light will be off longer than 28 seconds then it’s best to shut it off. If not, then you should leave it on.
Bella cruse says
Most of the homeowners invest nearly half of the money you on utility bills toward heating and cooling the home. In most of the houses energy costs are literally going through the roof. By smartly investing money in energy efficient roof people can save a great amount of energy and money throughout the entire life of the home and can keep the family safe and comfortable.