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Simple and Easy Ways to Save Energy



Workshop hosted by the City of Santa Rosa about tips, and easy ways to save energy in your home.

Workshop hosted by the City of Santa Rosa about tips, and easy ways to save energy in your home.



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  • Simple, Easy Ways to Save Energy and Money Clean Energy Advocate
  • Outline• What is the CEA program? • Moderate:• Free: • Refrigerator • Freezer • Clothes Dryer • Dishwasher • Hot Water Heater • Clothes Washer • Standby Power • Moisture barrier • Water Efficiency • Pool/Hot tub• Inexpensive: • Weather stripping • An investment: • Air sealing • Lighting • Duct sealing • Air Filters • Insulation • Hot Water Pipe Insulation • Programmable Thermostat • How do you pay for this?
  • Clean Energy Advocate• The CEA program is grant funded through the Department of Energy grant.• We are an independent, unbiased advocate available to assist homeowners in navigating the renewable energy, energy efficiency, and water efficiency upgrade process.
  • Goals of the Clean Energy Advocate1. Provide education to the public to improve energy use by changing behavior2. Increase solar PV and solar thermal in Sonoma County3. Improve the experience of installing solar4. Increase employment5. Reduce greenhouse gases
  • Behavior change- Clothes dryer • Use a drying rack instead Average Cost $450+• Use auto dry setting instead of timer• Clean lint filter, vent, hose and outside vent: Cleaning the filter after every load will improve air circulation and increase the efficiency of the dryer.
  • Behavior change- Hot Water HeaterCheap: Free: • Insulation: • Set the thermostat to If the tank is warm to 120° (or A) if there is no the touch it needs dishwasher more insulation • Use an insulation blanket if the heater is old or warm ($20+) Rebate up to $50 from PG&E and tax credit for $300 Average Cost: gas or electric: $300+. Varies per fuel type.
  • Behavior change- Standby PowerWhat to look for: • Standby power is when • Plugged in appliances an appliance uses power 24 hours a day even when it is turned off • Unplug appliances • Use a power strip to turn the appliance off at the strip
  • Water Use Efficiency• Free water and energy audit: • Indoor and outdoor • Look for water leaks • Free showerheads, aerators, hose nozzles• Attend water wise gardening workshops, and graywater workshops City of Santa Rosa 707-543-3985
  • Inexpensive Stuff!
  • Weather strippingUnimportant: Important: • Type of windows, double • Look for leaks around or single paned (payback the windows and doors of ~10 years) • Weather stripping is DIY, and inexpensive • Storm window can be built Average Cost for windows $600+, Tax credit up to $200
  • Lighting What to look for: **Better to replace standard bulbs right away with CFL’s or LED’s than wait for the • Standard vs. CFL’s and LED’s standard bulbs to burn out. LED’s • Lasts 35 to 50 times CFL’s longer than a • Last 10 times longer standard bulb • Produces less heat • Durable: not made that standard bulbs out of glass • Disposal concerns • Turns on immediately$1.00+ $10+
  • Air Filters• A dirty air filter makes • Solution: the whole heating and • Replace or vacuum filters every 3 months cooling system work harder. Average Cost $13+
  • Hot Water Pipe InsulationInsulating hot water pipes can raise the watertemperature 2°- 4° F hotter than uninsulated pipes candeliver, allowing for lower water temperature setting. Also means you don’t have to wait for the water to warm up as long at the faucet. Average $0.97 per 6ft
  • Programmable thermostatSetting Temp (hot) Temp (cool)Home 70° F or less 78° or greaterNot home (work) Minus 8° F Plus 8° FSleep Minus 8° F or off Plus 4° F or off Get one ($40+) and set it.
  • Moderate Stuff!
  • RefrigeratorWhat to look for: • Age: older than 1980, replace and save $100/year • Energy Star labelWhen replacing a fridge: • Skip the automatic ice maker and through the door ice maker Free- Clean your fridge coils whichAverage Cost: $700, Recycling can improve your through PG&E $35 efficiency by up to Free- Unplug your extra fridge 30%! unless it’s full and used often.
  • Freezer What to look for: Things to remember: • Age: 1980, replace it • Get top mounted freezer and save $70/year not side by side. • Energy Star label • A manual defrost uses 50% less energy than auto- defrost, ONLY if it is defrosted on a regular basis. • Stand alone freezer: chest freezer is more efficientRecycling than an upright freezer $35 • The larger the freezer, the greater the consumption.
  • DishwasherWhat to look for: Save energy and water • Age: 1994+, replace it • Dishwasher built before and save $40/year 1994 uses 10 gpc more • Energy Star label than Energy Star labeled model. • Behavior change: Choose a wash cycle according to how dirty the dishes are. • Choose the right size- compact or standard. Average Cost: $300, rebate through PG&E up to $50
  • Clothes WasherWhat to look for:• Energy Star label Behavior change:• High spin speed • Wash with cold water option: reduces the • 90% of energy used in amount of moisture washers goes to in your clothes, heating the water. decreasing drying time• Efficiency: front loading, or efficient Average Cost: $500+, top loading. rebates through local gov. and PG&E
  • Moisture barrier• Why this is important: • Moisture control (Mold, mildew, rot) • Comfort (i.e getting ride of cold floors)Add plasticsheeting to controlmoisture fromcoming through ground.
  • Pool or Hot tub • Pool efficiency: • Pool covers save about 50% of heating costs per year. • Get a clear pool cover. • The smaller the pump, the more energy efficient. • Turn the pool temperature off when not using the pool for several days. • It’s better to run the pump for longer periods of time at a slower speed than aSwimming pools can account for faster speed for a shorter amount ofup to 20% of the energy a time.residence consumes. Rebate up to $100 for variableGet a variable speed pool pump. speed pool pump through PG&E
  • An Investment
  • Air Sealing• Seal cracks, and air leaks with caulking, and other methods• Also includes weather stripping, sealing leaks around pipes, vents, fans, outlets etcEnergy Star estimatesthat a homeowner can save20% on heating and coolingcosts by air sealing.Usually one of the most cost effective measures (in concert with insulation) for a home.
  • Insulation• What to look for • R value- An insulation’s • Depth of insulation: resistance to heat flow. should be about 12 to 15 The higher the R-value, inches deep, or check if the greater the floor joists are exposed insulation effectiveness.• R-value: The recommended insulation level for SR attics is R-38 Rebate up to $500 through PG&E, tax credit up to $500
  • Duct Sealing• Duct sealing: • Symptoms of needing • Seal with metal foil tape ducts sealed: or mastic- NOT duct tape • Too cold in a room• Make sure connections • Dirt insulation around at vents and registers ducts are well-sealed where • Finding kinked flexible the joints meet. ducts in the system • Difficulty heating or cool rooms and keeping them at a steady temperature Rebate up to $200 through PG&E
  • Energy Analysis• A whole home “physical”• 4-5 hours: testing building envelope, insulation, windows, house leakage Home energy analysis: vkBU&feature=relmfu
  • How to pay?SCEIP (Sonoma County Energy Independence Program) www. • Up to 100% rebate on home energy analysis. • Property lien for energy efficiency measures. 7% interest.Energy Upgrade CA • Up to $6,000 for energy efficiency measures.PG&E • Single measure rebates vary on measure. • Financial assistance (CARE, FERA, Medical Baseline, Energy Savings Assistance Program).
  • Helpful Resources:• • How to guides• • Financing Resources, Tips• • Tips, Helpful reference
  • Questions?Contact information: Claire Nordlie Clean Energy Advocate 707-543-3886