Replace regular bulbs with CFLs or LEDs

Lighting can be up to 20% of your home’s energy use. Compact fluorescent lamps CFLs) or LEDs provide the same amount of light as incandescent bulbs using less energy. CFLs use up to 75 percent less energy than incandescents, can last up to 10 times longer and can save you up to $500 a year.

Use a power strip

Save up to $300 a year by using smart strips and unplugging items not in use. Many appliances are still drawing power, even when switched off. Using power strips or unplugging things like DVRs, sound systems, game consoles and flat screen TVs can save on your bill.

Adjust your thermostat

Set your thermostat to 78°F for summer AC and 68°F for winter heat if your health permits. For every 2 degrees you turn down your thermostat in winter or up in summer, you can reduce costs by up to $200 a year.

Lower your water temperature

A 20°F reduction can save you over $80 a year. For most uses, a water heater temperature of 120° F works fine.

Use an energy efficient, variable speed pool pump…

to save up to $500 a year on your pool’s energy costs. For additional savings, SDG&E® offers a $200 rebate on select models. Try to limit filtering to between 4 and no more than 6 hours. If you heat your pool, make sure it’s covered to keep the warmth where it belongs.

Try cold water wash

Save up to $42 per year on electric water heating costs by washing with cold water. Save even more with a $50 rebate on select washing machines and a $100 rebate on select water heaters.

Save up to 50% on outdoor lighting

Reduce outdoor lighting costs by up to 50% with a motion sensor. Just one 150 watt outdoor security floodlight can cost up to $125 a year. A string of six low voltage landscape lights can cost more than $90 a year. Use a timer to turn these lights off after bedtime to save while you’re asleep.

Buy energy-efficient appliances

Save up to $80 a year on energy costs by choosing ENERGY STAR® appliances, such as a refrigerator. Increase your savings with $50 SDG&E rebates on select appliances. Recycle your old, working refrigerator with SDG&E for $35 and free pick-up.

Seal and insulate your home

You could lower your heating and cooling bill over $250 per year by having proper insulation, a time-tested step that can help save energy year-round. A rebate of $0.15 per square foot is available from

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