Warmer temps are on their way, but it doesn’t have to mean higher energy bills. Use major appliances when energy is less expensive, before 4 p.m. or after 9 p.m. Here are ways to save energy and money while staying cool. 

First, let’s talk about appliances. They tend to use a lot of energy and heat up your home at the same time. With that in mind, consider the following: 

  1. Change the way you cook: Turn off the oven and stovetop as much as possible. Relying on microwaves, slow cookers, backyard grills or air fryers are great ways to heat up your food but not your home. If you’re going to use your oven, do it sparingly and during the coolest part of the day. 
  2. Change how you wash your clothes: Use cold water to wash your clothes so you don’t have to pay to heat the water. Cold water helps reduce wrinkles and remove stains. Washing in cold also helps your clothes last longer, prolong vibrancy and maintain their shape and size. Always aim for full loads of laundry and consider line drying them. 
  3. Don’t “heat dry” your dishes: When running your dishwasher, turn off the “heat dry” cycle and let dishes air dry instead. 
  4. Use smart plugs for appliances: Smart plugs allow you to schedule when your appliances are on or off – even remotely. They also help reduce “vampire draw” since appliances still use energy when they’re off but still plugged in. 

Beyond appliances, here are other great ways to save on energy use: 

  1. Save with Golden State rebates: Receive rebates toward the purchase of energy-efficient products like smart thermostats, heat pump water heaters and room air conditioners. Get details at and for the product list, visit
  2. Use ceiling fans instead of the A/C: Ceiling fans can save up to 25 percent on cooling costs and reduces your home’s temperature up to ten degrees. In warmer temps, fans should be set counter-clockwise for the best cooling effect. Don’t forget to change the direction to clockwise when temps drop in cooler months because the fan pushes heat down. 
  3. Use occupancy sensors: Install occupancy sensors for your lights. These sensors automatically turn off lights when there’s no movement in a room. You can also opt for dimmer switches with occupancy sensors to adjust lighting levels based on need.
  4. Cook efficiently: Use lids on pots and pans while cooking to retain heat. Match the pot size to the burner to avoid energy waste. 

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