Winter Energy Savings



Stay warm this winter while saving on your home energy bills by following a few simple tips.

Five tips to reduce winter energy use and bills:

  1. Adjust your thermostat. For every 2 degrees you turn down your thermostat in winter or up in summer, you can reduce costs by up to $200 a year. During the winter, try setting your thermostat at 68 degrees Fahrenheit (68 °F) during the day and 55 °F or lower at night.

  2. Buy energy-efficient appliances. Save up to $80 a year on energy costs by choosing ENERGY STAR appliances. SDG&E offers up to $350 in rebates on efficient appliances.

  3. Energy savings in your kitchen. Keep your fridge full. A full fridge works more efficiently than an empty one. Also, try taking out all the items for a meal at one time. Each time the freezer or refrigerator door is opened, the compressor works longer to replace the cold air released.

  4. If you have a fireplace, keep the damper closed when not in use (no fire lit). This will reduce heat lost through the chimney.

  5. Seal and insulate your home. Lower your heating and cooling bill by having proper insulation, a time-tested step to help save energy year-round. SDG&E’s No-Cost Home Energy Upgrades (Energy Savings Assistance Program) offer assistance with Attic insulation, energy-efficient lighting, door weather-stripping, replacement of qualified appliances, caulking, minor home repairs, low flow showerheads, and water heater blankets.

Having trouble keeping up with energy bills? The U. S. Department of Health and Human Services Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) offers assistance in managing costs from home energy bills, energy crises, weatherization and minor home repairs.

Use these energy-saving tips in your home to keep warm this winter and save some green.

The County strives to increase building energy efficiency through its Strategic Energy Plan, Zero Net Energy Portfolio Plan, and Climate Action Plan. Check out the County’s Energy Management program and CAP websites for more information.