PG&E customers saved $227 million on their energy bills through energy efficiency programs in 2015. By participating in these programs, on average, a typical PG&E residential customer saved $60-100 during the year, along with doing their part for climate change and cleaner air by reducing their energy waste.
Through energy efficiency programs and much more, PG&E supports California’s ambitious clean energy goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to combat climate change and improve air quality. This summer, PG&E encourages customers to take advantage of the various programs, tools and tips available including The PG&E Simple Savings Kit, to save energy and lower their electric bills when it gets hot.
Today at the De Young Zero Net Energy home, PG&E and De Young Properties demonstrated numerous ways that customers can save money, and how they can choose the most energy efficient upgrades to their homes in the future.
Energy Savings Tips – Simple Actions Can Go A Long Way!
Turn off and unplug electronics and appliances when they are not in use. Even when they are off, many electronics and appliances still use energy
Set the air conditioner to 78 degrees or higher when you’re home, health permitting, to save on home cooling costs while still making your home comfortable
Use cold water to wash full loads of laundry
Turn off lights when you’re not using rooms and relying on natural light during summer days at work and home
Use fans when you’re at home, but remembering to turn them off when you leave
Check the filter on your heating, ventilation and air conditioning system
Looking for a new home? Consider a De Young SmartHome!
De Young SmartHomes are designed to maximize energy savings while offering quality craftsmanship and true comfort. These energy-efficient homes come with a host of earth-friendly features and apply green building practices that create a healthy environment in which we live.
High efficiency HVAC system
High performance tankless water heater
Cutting-edge LED lighting
Energy Star dual-pane Low-E windows
And much, much more!
De Young Zero Net Energy – A Home of the Future, Today!
De Young Properties strives to be on the cutting-edge so much so that we’ve even built a home designed to produce as much energy as it uses each year.
In 2013, De Young Properties, a leading energy-efficient homebuilder in the Central Valley, partnered with PG&E to introduce a Zero Net Energy (ZNE) home. The ZNE home is designed to produce as much energy as it consumes each year, which also zeros its energy-related carbon impact on the environment.
The De Young Zero Net Energy Home supports California’s Long Term Energy Efficiency Strategic Plan that requires all new residential homes in California to be ZNE by 2020.
The 2,064 square foot, De Young Zero Net Energy Home is designed to be exceptionally energy-efficient, with features such as an advanced heat pump water heater, cutting-edge LED lighting, ducts in conditioned space and a home energy management system, as well as a rooftop-mounted photovoltaic (PV) solar system. The electricity produced should offset all energy consumed annually by the home, which is accounted for at the “source,” meaning the power plant. This also means the home is designed to achieve zero net carbon.
De Young Properties and PG&E are once again collaborating to build a second ZNE home which will be completed later this year.
By implementing the tips above, we hope it will help you save on your electricity bills this summer. To learn more about the energy-efficient features built into every De Young home, please visit a De Young Welcome Center today!
Author: Brandon De Young