6 Summer Energy-Saving Tips
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.