The Easiest Things You Can Do to Lower Your PG&E Bill
Are you thrilled about the probably high cost of your monthly PG&E bill? Chances are, unless you're running everything on solar, you're in a position where you can do a few things around the house to help lower your bill. They're all things that are pretty easy to do and can add up to substantial savings. I've put the below list together to help get you started on the low hanging fruit:
PG&E has a handy utility energy audit website for you to check out. Just login to your account and you'll get some custom recommendations.
Perform a comprehensive energy audit on your home by a qualified specialist. A lot of heat is lost through windows, poor ventilation or insulation, or just plain old holes from areas where insulation is missing.
HERS energy audit
Better insulation and temp will decrease aquarium cost
Has your heating system been serviced recently?
Radiant heat as a possibility?
Replace freezer with energy star, recycle old one
Clean coils behind fridge (can lower bill by 10 percent), set fridge to 38-40 and freezer to 0-5 degrees
CFL lights throughout home
Passive house model on p 15 in germany
Shut your computers off at night or when you're not using them. Depending on how much you spend per kilowatt, you could easily be spending ten cents an hour to run a desktop PC or Mac.
Insulate the hot water lines from your hot water heater. And, if your hot water heater is at least 12 years old, you might consider getting a new one -- over time, the water in the tank becomes calcified and the older the hot water heater gets, the more calcium deposits build up. It's possible for an older heater for half the tank to be calcium
How old is our hot water heater?
Set hot water heater temp to 120 degrees using thermometer
How well is the hot water heater insulated? R10-R15? Are combustion gases being safely carried out of the home?
Move hot water heater to outside the home?
Get shower buddys
Always run full loads in washer and dryer
Use air dry setting in dishwasher
Energy Star ceiling fans for upstairs
Cool roof - can get energy star ones too
Install carbon monoxide detectors near gas burning appliance
Up to 30 percent of energy consumed by heating and cooling equipment can be wasted by air leaks in walls, ceilings, and floors