At Silicon Valley Power, we want to help you keep your home comfortable while conserving energy. Please read suggestions below to lower your energy bill throughout the year or watch some of our videos.
- Set your thermostat to 68° Fahrenheit or lower when you are at home and awake and lower your thermostat to 60° Fahrenheit while you are asleep or away from home. For more information, view our Programming Your Thermostat Guide.
- Warm up your home with the heat from the sun by opening shades, blinds, draperies and awnings.
- Use space heaters efficiently. For more information, view our Space Heater Guide.
- Dress in layers and use an extra blanket.
- Keep the fireplace damper closed when not in use. For more information, view our Fireplace Guide.
- Use light-emitting diodes, LED, holiday lights to save on your energy bill. For more information, view our Holidays with LEDs Guide.
- Set your thermostat to 78° Fahrenheit or higher when you are at home and set the air conditioner to turn off when you are asleep or away from home. For more information, view our Programming Your Thermostat Guide.
- Remove obstructions from vents to ensure the best air flow in your home.
- Keep the sun’s heat out by adjusting shades, blinds, draperies and awnings.
- Cool your home at early morning and night by opening windows.
- Adjust ceiling fans to turn counter-clockwise and use it instead of an air conditioner whenever possible.
- If using an air conditioner, try closing the fresh air intake.
- Determine if a whole house fan is the right choice for you by reading more from the Department of Energy.
- Avoid using your oven; instead cook on the stove or grill outside.
- Use your dryer and dishwasher during cooler times, like the early morning or late afternoon.
- Install energy efficient light emitting diode lamps (LEDs). ENERGY STAR-qualified LEDs produce the same amount of light, use as little as one-fifth the energy, and last up to twenty-five times as long as regular light bulbs. Also, verify where you can recycle your light bulbs.
- Turn off lights and appliances when not in use.
- Unplug appliances when not in use (i.e. phone chargers, laptops, DVD players, etc.) or use power strips so you can turn off multiple appliance at once. For more information, view our Home Electronics Guide or our Power Strips Guide.
- Use washing machines, clothes dryers and dishwashers only when they are full.
- Clean out the lint trap before drying clothes.
- Set your water heater temperature to 120° Fahrenheit.
- Wrap your water heater with a water heater blanket to keep the heated water warm.
- Take short showers instead of baths and install a low-flow showerhead.
- Fix leaky faucets, showerheads, pipes and toilets.
- Install solar powered lights in your yard.
- Read Weatherization Tips to learn how to install weather stripping, outlet gaskets, window caulking, and more.
- View our Air Sealing Guide to learn about the common places where air leaks from your home, and some simple, low cost ways you can repair them in order to save energy and money.
- Clean refrigerator coils and check gaskets.
- Instead of watching a movie on a DVD play, video stream to save on your energy bill. For more information, view our Watch TV Guide.
- Turn off video game consoles whenever possible. For more information, view our Video Games Guide.
- Read our No- and Low-Cost Energy Efficiency Tips for Renters to learn specific tips that are easy to implement and can lead to lower utility bills right away.
- Sign up for our free e-newsletter, Watt's Up, with more energy saving tips.
Summer Energy Tips
Learn how to save on your energy bill.
Learn about different space heaters.
Learn how to find and fix air leaks