Energy Savings Tips for Winter

  • When you are at home, set the furnace thermostat at 68 degrees or lower, health permitting. 3 percent to 5 percent more energy is used for each degree the furnace is set above 68 degrees. When you leave the house set the thermostat to 56°F. By turning your thermostat back 10°F to 15°F for 8 hours you can save 5 percent to 15 percent a year on your heating bill.
  • Remember to clean the lint trap before every load; this step can save you up to $34 a year.
  • Microwave small amounts of food instead of heating them up in the oven - you can reduce cooking energy by up to 80%.
  • Showers can account for up to 2/3 of your water heating costs. Cut your shower time in half to reduce your water heating costs by 33%.
  • Washing clothes in cold water can save the average household up to $30 annually on hot water heating cost, if you have a gas water heater.
  • Dishwashers with booster heaters will let you lower the water temperature on your water heater, resulting in energy savings.
  • Don't over-dry your clothes. Use your dryer's energy-saving moisture sensor to automatically turn the machine off. A dryer operating an extra 15 minutes per load can cost you up to $34 annually.
  • Install low-flow showerheads – they can save you up to 16% on your water heating costs.
  • Purchase a high-efficiency ENERGY STAR® qualified clothes washer if yours is over 10 years old and save up to $74 a year on utility bills.* $50 rebate available.
  • Wrap older water heaters with an insulating jacket to minimize excess heat loss. And, don’t forget to leave the air intake vent uncovered when insulating a gas water heater. Savings of up to 10% can be achieved on water heating costs.
  • By air sealing and properly insulating the attics, walls, floors over crawl spaces, and accessible basement rim joists, a savings of up to 10% of total energy costs can be achieved.
* Estimated annual savings is based on assuming an electricity rate of $0.19/kWh, gas rate of $1.19/therm, and water and sewer rate of $11.92/1,000 gallons.
  • Replacing your old windows with high-efficiency ENERGY STAR® windows can reduce your heating and cooling costs by up to 15%.
  • Have a licensed HVAC contractor check your central heating/cooling duct system for leaks. Sealing and insulating ducts can improve the efficiency of your heating system by as much as 20% — and sometimes much more.

Tips to Stay Warm in the Winter


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Be Cautious with Home Heating

  • Here are helpful tips and information:

    • Never use products inside the home that generate dangerous levels of carbon monoxide, such as generators, barbecues, propane heaters and charcoal.
    • When using the fireplace to stay warm, make sure the flue is open so that the byproducts of combustion can vent safely through the chimney.
    • Carbon monoxide is a colorless, tasteless and odorless gas produced by the burning of fossil fuels and wood. If unsafe concentrations of carbon monoxide are not detected, the result can be fatal.
    • In general, properly installed and maintained natural gas appliances produce very little to no carbon monoxide.
    • As part of customers' gas service, PG&E representatives are available to inspect gas appliances and make sure they are working safely. For more winter heating safety information, go to
    • You can also view a gas safety video on Carbon Monoxide.

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