Appliances and Individual Equipment
To see rebates for all the things in your home that are eligible for rebates from Pacific Gas and Electric Company -- like furnaces, hot water heaters, refrigerators, washers, dryers, and insulation -- check out this interactive graphic.
The Home Upgrade program (an Energy Upgrade California program specifically for Bay Area homeowners and implemented by local county governments) helps you identify ways to strengthen your home’s energy efficiency. You'll learn how heating, air conditioning, insulation, water, and other systems can all work together to effectively reduce energy consumption and reduce energy costs. Rebates and incentives are available for home improvements that include air sealing; duct sealing; attic insulation; high-efficiency furnaces, cooling systems, and water systems; wall insulation; and more. An impartial Home Energy Advisor can provide direct one-to-one assistance to inform you about energy efficiency options, help you select an appropriate contractor, and help you navigate project installation and financing processes.
Electricity Use (Plug Load)
Thought vampires only existed in Hollywood? Think again -- they're prevalent throughout our homes. Luckily these vampires are out for energy, not blood. It turns out that about 10% of your home's electricity use is consumed by appliances in "stand-by" mode or left plugged in when fully charged. The biggest culprit? Your plasma screened TV and video games attached to it. For ideas about how to reduce electricity use in your home, watch this 90-minute webinar.
Bracketron's newest adapter to fight vampire energy is designed for mobile devices, and can sense when your phone is fully charged, and shuts off power accordingly. This device joins a growing trend of "smarter" plugs, helping us institutionalize our energy savings.
Since half of the energy used in homes every year goes toward heating and cooling empty and unused spaces (according to Energy Star) a programmable thermostat is a great investment. Top Ten Reviews ranks the Nest, the Honeywell Prestige Pro, and the Hunter Touchscreen Max as their favorites. Whichever one you choose, once you get it set up, you'll start increasing your home's comfort and reducing your energy use.
Swimming pools can account for up to 20 percent of the energy a residence consumes. Single and multifamily residential customers who replace older, inefficient pool pumps with qualifying energy-efficient products can achieve significant savings on operating costs and are eligible for a $100 rebate from PG&E. Upgrading to variable-speed pumps that can be adjusted to the most appropriate speed can save you money and energy and help to protect the environment. Installing a pool cover can save both energy and water. Pool Solutions Group is a private company that can provide a report of the potential energy your pool can save.
Awareness of Energy Use
We can't change what we don't know, and there's a growing trend towards making energy use accessible to residents.
- Thanks to SmartMeter™ technology, PG&E's My Energy lets you see how much gas and electricity you're using, and when you're using it – up to the previous day. Once you sign up for My Energy, you’ll find many ways to use your SmartMeter™ data to better understand your energy use and find ways to save.
- EPA's Home Energy Yardstick provides a simple assessment of your home's annual energy use compared to similar homes. By answering a few basic questions about your home, you can get your home's Home Energy Yardstick score (on a scale of 1 to 10); insights into how much of your home's energy use is related to heating and cooling versus other everyday uses like appliances, lighting, and hot water; links to guidance from ENERGY STAR on how to increase your home's score, improve comfort, and lower utility bills; and an estimate of your home's annual carbon emissions.