I recently was on Pacific Gas and Electric’s website analyzing my personal power usage and noticed interesting Savings Programs and Rebates offered by PG&E. For example, there are home upgrade options, an AC Quality Care Program, and Third Party Incentive Programs. One in particular that caught my eye is the Zero Net Energy (ZNE) program, with the goal for a home to produce as much electricity as it uses.
All of the programs are to improve your home’s efficiency and lower your monthly cost for energy, as well as participate in the overall CA Long-Term Energy Efficient Strategy Plan. Regardless if you think your changes can affect this long term Strategy Plan, I personally do believe these changes can provide you a healthier, less expensive, more comfortable living environment today, and ultimately result in a higher home resale value. Homes appearing on the MLS will soon have an energy rating to alert home buyers to the actual cost of owning a particular home to include energy usage. The following 8 suggestions will help you make your home more efficient, put more money in your wallet each month and raise the value of your home:
- Efficient lighting: LEDs for low energy high quality lighting.
- Higher performance walls and attics provide increased air sealing and insulation.
- High performance windows and doors reduce heat loss, increase daylight and passive solar heating.
- Low flow water fixtures reduce use of hot water.
- High efficiency water heating: electric heat pump water heater or condensing gas water heater.
- High efficiency appliances: most efficient models for all major appliances Tier 3.
- Smart HVAC systems: efficient systems and sensor controls include smart thermostat, heat pump heater, high efficiency AC.
- Solar panels sized to generate as much electricity as the home consumes in a year.
Check out PG&E’s website for an abundance of information. (https://www.pge.com/en_US/residential/save-energy-money/savings-programs/savings-programs-overview/savings-programs-overview.page?). For example, take a home energy checkup survey to see what you can do within your home today (https://www.pge.com/en_US/residential/save-energy-money/analyze-your-usage/home-energy-checkup/home-energy-checkup.page?). Also, discover financial incentives to make efficiency changes in your home (https://www.pge.com/en_US/residential/save-energy-money/savings-programs/home-upgrade/home-upgrade.page?). In the end, any changes you make can contribute to a better living environment, helping our environment and some savings too!