PG&E offers tips to save on energy costs this winter

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Temperatures have been fallen a bit over the last few weeks in Kern County, but Thursday was the official start of winter and you’re likely going to make use of your heater at home.

PG&E says you can take some steps at home to help conserve energy and save on your monthly bill while trying to keep warm this winter.

  • Lower your thermostat when away: PG&E says you can save 1 percent on heating costs per each degree lowered over an eight hour time frame. 
  • Control water temperature: Set water heater thermostat at 120 degrees or lower. PG&E says you can save 10 percent in water heating costs for every ten degrees lowered.
  • Microwave and save: Reheating leftovers in a microwave takes less time and uses up to 80 percent less energy than a standard oven, according to PG&E. 
  • Upgrade Lighting: PG&E says advanced LED’s use at least 75 percent less energy and last 25 times longer than incandescent lighting. 

For more tips on saving energy this winter, visit www.pge.com/winter.

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