Energy Saving Tips | Sonoma Clean Power

Tips for Saving Energy

When you’re spending more time at home

Save energy, save money, and stay comfortable with these helpful tips.

  1. Find and seal leaks. Cold air can leak into the home through minor cracks and gaps in windows and doorways.

  2. Check the heating system's efficiency. If you notice uneven heating or the system needs frequent repairs, schedule an inspection by a professional.

  3. Use energy-efficient holiday lights. The pretty holiday lights that decorate your home can burn electricity. Invest in LED lights to minimize energy usage.

  4. Consider a programmable thermostat. Reducing the heat by only a few degrees when you're sleeping or out of the house will help save money. Take advantage of SCP’s $50 instant rebate on two ecobee smart thermostat models. Check out the offer here!

  5. Cover drafty windows. If your home does not have energy-efficient windows, tightly seal them with clear plastic sheets covering the frames.

  6. Reduce water heating costs. Reduce the temperature of your water heater to 120 degrees Fahrenheit. For even bigger savings, consider replacing your water heater with a heat pump water heater, which can be 2-3 times more energy-efficient than conventional gas or electric resistance water heaters. SCP customers can get a $1,700 to $2,000 rebate for a Rheem heat pump water heater, and earn a $5 bill credit every month by connecting it to our GridSavvy Rewards. Click here to learn more.

  7. Replace air filters. Dirty or clogged air filters force your heating system to work harder for proper airflow, using extra energy and raising costs.

  8. Check out a DIY toolkit. Take charge of your usage with the DIY Energy and Water Savings Toolkit, available for check out at Sonoma County Library branches.

  9. Sign up for discounts. We recommend the CARE program for income qualified households, which provides a 20% discount on the energy bill.

  10. Check that you are on the best rate plan. Take advantage of time at home to log into your PG&E account and use the rate comparison tool. Being on the right rate plan may help to reduce your monthly bills. To compare rate plans and choose the best option for you, visit