PG&E is Helping Customers Shine Bright
& Save Right for a Sustainable Holiday Season
Calif., Dec. 5, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- With the
holiday season upon us, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E)
is helping customers make this joyous time of year sustainable and
affordable with simple, low-cost actions to trim their carbon
footprint and their energy bills.
"Illuminating our hometowns with festive lighting and spending
time with friends and family are some of the best ways to spread
joy during the holiday season. As we celebrate, there are many
simple ways our customers can save by keeping energy efficiency top
of mind," said David Poster,
PG&E Director of Energy Efficiency.
PG&E encourages customers to celebrate a bright and
budget-friendly season with these tips:
- LED Lighting: LED holiday lights are at least 75% more
energy efficient, emit less heat –reducing the risk of igniting or
burning fingers-- and last up to 25 times longer than traditional
incandescent lights, ensuring that your decorations shine
throughout the season.
- Smart Timers: Automating your holiday lighting display
takes care of the sparkle, so you can focus on the festivities.
Your lights can turn on and off at predetermined times, so you
don't waste energy by leaving them on all day and night.
- Entertain Efficiently: The holidays can bring a lot of
guests, so turn down the thermostat to 68° (health permitting) and
be an energy-conscious cook. Use the oven's full capacity by
cooking multiple dishes at once and consider using smaller
appliances like microwaves, slow cookers, and hot plates for side
dishes. Interested in an induction cooktop? Test one out with the
PG&E Induction Cooktop Loaner Program.
- Home Insulation: Check for drafts around the windows and
doors and seal gaps with caulk or weather stripping. Save up to 20%
on annual energy bills by sealing holes around pipes, wiring, vents
or recessed lighting with spray foam, caulk or weatherstripping.
Insulating your water heater can reduce standby heat loss and save
you about 7%-16% in water heating costs.
- Energy Star® Appliances: Consider upgrading your
appliances to Energy Star® -rated products, which are designed to
be more energy-efficient. A great place to start is PG&E's
Energy Action Guide, which gives you product and program
recommendations to help you meet your unique energy needs.
A Very Merry Video
To watch how you can maintain your festive glow and grow your
energy savings, click here.
A Festive Formula
Have you ever wondered how much electricity your appliances and
holiday lights are using? Use an Energy Appliance Calculator to
help you better understand how much money you're spending to use
PG&E's Energy Efficiency DIY Tool Kit
Did you know you can lower energy bills and save money with
PG&E's DIY tool kit? With a $200
investment in energy-efficient materials, customers can save nearly
$1,000 each year. For more energy
savings, you can find additional tips at pge.com/winter.
Income-Eligible Assistance Programs
- California Alternate Rates for Energy Program (CARE): Provides
a discount of 20% or more each month on gas and electricity
- Family Electric Rate Assistance Program (FERA): Offers a
monthly discount of 18% on electricity bills for households with 3+
- Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP): Offers up
to $1,000 to pay eligible household
- Relief for Energy Assistance through Community Help (REACH):
Offers one-time financial assistance to qualified customers with
For more ways to manage your winter bills, visit: Save Energy
Pacific Gas and Electric Company, a subsidiary of PG&E
Corporation (NYSE: PCG), is a combined natural gas and electric
utility serving more than sixteen million people across 70,000
square miles in Northern and Central
California. For more information, visit pge.com and
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