With spring upon us and warmer months just around the corner, households
throughout Northern and Central California will soon be tackling the
annual chore of spring cleaning. Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E)
would like to remind customers that spring is also the perfect time to
improve the safety and energy efficiency of your home.
“By adding a few easy tasks to their annual spring cleaning list,
customers can make significant improvements to the overall energy
efficiency of their homes and appliances. PG&E has a number of programs
that can help our customers identify ways to be more efficient and we
encourage customers to retire aging appliances and take a home energy
check-up which is free and easy to do,” said PG&E’s Chief Customer
Officer, Laurie Giammona.
PG&E encourages customers to take a moment and consider taking on the
important, but often over looked, chores that can add up to real energy
savings and will help keep their household safe.
Vacuum refrigerator coils – Dust that builds up on refrigerator
coils can cause the motor to work harder, using more energy.
Clean oven and range – A range or oven darkened from heavy use
absorbs more heat, reducing its efficiency.
Clean or replace HVAC filters – A dirty filter will slow air
flow and cause your system to use more energy.
Replace smoke and carbon monoxide detector batteries – Replace
batteries in all detectors at least once a year.
Move flammables - Clear away flammable materials and liquids
from gas furnaces and other heat sources.
Clean out dryer ducts – Blocked dryer ducts make your machine
work harder than necessary.
Call 811 – Locate underground utility lines before digging any
holes in the yard.
Have solar panels cleaned – Having panels cleaned once a year
can help maintain their output potential.
Retire Aging Appliances
PG&E can help customers retire their aging appliances by providing cash
incentives when a more energy efficient model is purchased. Customers
can also take advantage of PG&E’s refrigerator recycling program that
offers rebates to haul away their old model. An efficient, new
refrigerator can lower electric bills by as much as $200 a year. For
more information about PG&E’s recycling program visit www.pge.com/recycle.
Take a Home Energy Checkup
For customers looking to take their energy savings even farther this
spring, PG&E offers a Home Energy Checkup. By answering a few simple
questions online, customers can find out what areas in their home use
the most energy and learn ways to conserve. Small changes, for example
washing clothes in cold water, turning off your computer at night and
setting your refrigerator temperature to 38 degrees, among others, can
save up to $100 a year or more. To learn more about the Home Energy
Checkup, visit www.pge.com/homeenergycheckup.
Pacific Gas and Electric Company, a subsidiary of PG&E
Corporation (NYSE:PCG), is one of the largest combined natural gas
and electric utilities in the United States. Based in San Francisco,
with more than 20,000 employees, the company delivers some of the
nation’s cleanest energy to nearly 16 million people in Northern and
Central California. For more information, visit www.pge.com/
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Source: Business Wire
(March 20, 2015 - 1:30 PM EDT)
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