Solar + Energy Efficiency
Working together to save even more!
Working together to save even more!
In San Diego County, we experience expensive energy costs. As customers of SDGE, we consistently rank in the top 5 of the nation’s highest-priced electricity, and we’re usually in the top 3. Only Hawaii’s HECO beats us out on a regular basis. While the price of electricity from our traditional utility is constantly on the rise, there are ways you can protect yourself and your family against these ever-increasing expenses. Residential rooftop solar is an affordable solution that is making waves across the nation with its ability to secure affordable self-generated energy. Energy efficiency also provides a buffer, by helping us to achieve lower levels of consumption. Combining solar AND energy efficiency can nearly eliminate electricity costs from your utility provider through net-metering, in turn saving money and reducing pollution. It’s better for your wallet and better for the world!
Solar photovoltaic panels generate electricity and allow utility customers to secure more affordable power by creating electricity at the site of consumption through the power of the sun. This innovative technology is growing more efficient and more common every day, as San Diego residents are realizing the astounding value of this opportunity. Most homeowners find that installing solar panels can save them up to 50% on electricity costs and protect them against future rate increases.
Innovations in technology are continually making our lives better. We enjoy the comfort and convenience of all kinds of technology, much of which is powered by electricity. From smart phones to electric vehicles, we are improving the way we live. With all these lifestyle improvements, however, we are becoming more dependent on electricity for our needs. Fortunately, innovation is also making incredible headway in improving how we use that electricity and continually making progress in the efficiency of the devices that power our lives. Taking advantage of various energy efficiency upgrades can have a significant impact on your electricity consumption and overall energy costs.
One of the easiest upgrades you can do, LED lighting can save significant amounts of money one your energy costs. Replacing just one regular 60-watt light bulb with a 10-watt LED bulb can save about $10-$15/year (using the light bulb an average of 3 hours per day). LED lights also have a much longer life, lasting upwards of 20 years, compared to incandescent bulbs that only last a year or so.
Refrigerators, washers, dryers, televisions, computers, and heating/cooling appliances have become an essential part of our lives. Nearly every appliance in the home consumes some form of energy, and you can save about 50% in energy costs by upgrading to an EnergyStar certified alternative. Click here for a complete list of EnergyStar products.
Making your heating and cooling more efficient is one of the best ways to increase comfort and save money when it comes to energy efficiency. Depending on the age of your home, improving the insulation can decrease heating/cooling costs by 20%-50%. Leaky air conditioning ducts can cause 30% loss from day one. Make your A/C energy consumption much more efficient by sealing ducts, allowing you to enjoy a more comfortable environment while reducing costs.
Installing whole house and attic fans is a great way to save money on your cooling costs. Typically consuming about 15%-25% the energy required to run your air conditioning, house and attic fans allow you to keep your living space cool essentially by moving out warmer air and replacing it with cooler air drawn in from outside (once the outdoor temperature goes below that of the living space).
Solar panels have proven their value by helping utility customers produce their own electricity. Energy efficiency upgrades can significantly reduce overall electric consumption. Combining these two measures allows homeowners to “reduce then produce” and create an even better savings scenario. By planning energy efficiency improvements first, you can reduce the overall system size needed to offset your energy consumption. If you’ve already installed solar, making energy efficiency improvements can free up valuable electricity that you’re already producing for future consumption, such as increased A/C usage or even offsetting some of the mileage of an plug-in electric vehicle.