Easy ways to control cold-weather energy costs

People tend to use more energy during cold winter months for things like heating and lighting. But with these easy tools and tips, you can stay in control of the energy you use while still keeping your home warm and cozy all winter long.

Budget Billing*

Keep your monthly bills predictable by spreading out your energy costs across the year. Budget Billing provides you with a consistent monthly bill amount based on your last 12 months of energy use. Billing amounts are reviewed every 4 months and may be adjusted if usage changes significantly.

Home Energy Checkup

Identify sources of wasted energy in your household and get a personalized savings plan to lower monthly bills in only 5 minutes.

Bill Compare

Understand your home’s energy use by reviewing your bills side by side. Compare your bills and view usage history. Learn why past energy costs differ from current costs.

More ways to save for those who qualify

Save 20% or more with California Alternate Rates for Energy program (CARE)*

CARE offers qualified households major savings on energy costs. Applying is confidential, easy to complete and no proof of income is required.

Get free home energy upgrades with the Energy Savings Assistance program*

The Energy Savings Assistance program offers no-cost home energy improvements that may include weatherproofing, minor home repairs and select appliance replacement for income-qualified homes that are at least five years old.

Relief for Energy Assistance through Community Help (REACH)*

REACH provides a one-time energy credit for up to $300 to help you pay for energy during a crisis, depending on your past due bill amount.

* Review eligibility requirements before signing up.

Your energy-saving toolkit for winter

Find more ways to conserve and save while staying warm all season—from easy tips and tools to energy-saving products and upgrades.

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Set your thermostat for savings

You can save about 2% of your heating bill for each degree that you lower the thermostat (if the turndown lasts a good part of the day or night). Turning down the thermostat from 70°F to 65°F, for example, saves about 10%.

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Control your water temperature

Set your water heater thermostat at 120°F or lower. This way you’ll reduce the amount of energy it takes to produce and maintain your hot water by not overheating it.

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Microwave and save

Reheating leftovers in a microwave takes less time and uses up to 80% less energy than a standard oven.

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Get smart about thermostats

Install and properly set a programmable thermostat. Use the thermostat's pre-programmed energy-saving set points as a guide, setting the temperature back in the winter and up in the summer. With proper use, programmable thermostats can save about $180 every year in energy costs.

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Upgrade your lighting

Residential LEDs use at least 75% less energy and last 25 times longer than incandescent lighting. By replacing your home's five most frequently used light fixtures or bulbs with models that have earned the ENERGY STAR, you can save $75 each year.

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Use and switch off power strips

Many computers, televisions, and other devices draw power even when they’re turned off. Use an advanced power strip to reduce your electricity use and save up to $100 per year.

Want to save even more? Find out which energy-saving upgrades may also qualify for rebates.


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Insulate your electric water heater

The average household spends more than $250 per year on water heating. It’s the second largest energy expenditure behind heating and cooling.

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Keep warm air moving

Reverse your fan in winter to produce a gentle updraft, forcing warm air near the ceiling down into the living space.

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Stop drafts in their tracks

Save up to 10% (more than $200) on annual energy bills by reducing drafts and saving energy by sealing holes around pipes, wiring, vents or recessed lights with spray foam or caulk.