Energy Upgrade California

ENERGY UPGRADE CALIFORNIA

Energy Upgrade California® is a statewide initiative whose sole purpose is to ensure every Californian has the tools needed to keep making strides toward a cleaner, healthier, more prosperous state. We support California on its quest to double energy efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 40% before 2030. Lucky for us, California is already a leader in energy conservation.

SO HOW ARE WE DOING?

  • Natural gas efficiency programs helped offset 9.4 million metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions in 2015.
  • California is the #1 producer of biomass, geothermal and solar energy as of 2015.
  • Our state has the second lowest energy consumption rate (per capita) in the nation.

WE CAN STILL DO SO MUCH MORE.

Small energy inefficiencies in our homes and businesses can add up to big losses—both for our pocketbooks and for California.

  • The average household wastes $150 per year in energy costs from holes and cracks in their home.
  • Better energy management can save organizations up to 10% annually on energy bills.
  • The average household spends $100 every year to power unused appliances.

SAVING ENERGY IS EASY.

At Energy Upgrade California, we know that all those small, energy-efficient things have a big impact on our state—and our ability to help Keep it Golden.

Here are a few things you can do to get started:

  • SEAL YOUR HOME. Caulking and weather stripping help to keep heat inside during winter and cool air inside during summer.
  • ADJUST YOUR THERMOSTAT. Save up to 10% percent on heating costs by lowering your furnace thermostat by 3 to 5 degrees.
  • SKIP THE DRY CYCLE. Letting your dishes air-dry in your dishwasher can save up to $4 per year.
  • WASH CLOTHES ON THE COLD CYCLE. Approximately 90% of the energy used for washing clothes is used to heat the water.
  • UPGRADE HOUSEHOLD APPLIANCES. By using energy-efficient appliances, California has saved more than 10,000 gigawatt-hours of electricity since 2003. That’s enough to power 2 million homes for one year.

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