How to Save Energy This Summer

As temperatures rise in the summer months, our energy use and costs also rise — which takes a toll on our wallets and the environment.

Energy Upgrade California stopped by the FOX40 patio this morning to give us some tips on saving energy this summer:

  • Use your outdoor grill (versus your stove or oven) during warmer weather.

  • Turn on your ceiling or window fans and turn off your AC.

    • AC uses about 4% of all electricity produced in California – it doesn’t seem like much, but that adds up to roughly 585 million metrics tons of carbon dioxide every year!
  • Install energy-efficient window coverings to prevent solar heat gain.

  • Swap your incandescent bulbs—that give off 90% of their energy as heat—with LED lights that use approximately 25% less energy and last up to 25 times longer.

  • Seal and insulate your windows to keep hot air out and cool air in.

  • Replace dirty, clogged (HVAC) filters every one to two months during the summer to lower your energy use by 5% to 15%.

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