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6 Summer Energy-Saving Tips

Follow these tips to help save energy and money on your next electric bill.

Summer has officially started and as temperatures rise, energy use increases. Use these tips to trim your summer electricity use and shave some dollars off your electric bill.

  • Prepare more of your meals in a toaster oven or microwave. You’ll use less energy and keep your kitchen from getting too hot.
  • Many manufacturers set their electric water heater thermostats at 140 F, but most households can lower the setting to 120 F without noticing a difference in water temperature.
  • Southern California Edison has rate options that can help customers save money on their bill. A Time-of-Use rate plan might save you money if you shift energy usage away from 4-9 p.m. Learn more at sce.com/rateplantool. In addition, SCE has rate options for electric vehicle drivers, customers with solar panels and a green rate for environmentally  conscientious customers.
  • About 90% of the energy used for washing clothes is used to heat the water. Unless your clothes have oily stains, washing with cold water will clean your clothes just as effectively.
  • Switch out your showerhead with an energy-efficient, low-flow version designed to conserve water and energy. Showering accounts for about 40% of the average home's hot water use, but low-flow showerheads can cut that in half.
  • Using ENERGY STAR® certified appliances and products can reduce energy or water use by up to 65% versus standard models. Look for the ENERGY STAR® logo in SCE's Marketplace, where you can calculate how much energy you can save on appliances by switching to a more efficient model.

 Get more tips like these by completing our 5-Minute Energy Survey at: sce.com/energysurvey or call 800-655-4555.