There are many different ways you can conserve energy and save money. Many of these tips are easy to implement and results are almost immediate.
Whether or not you plan to buy a new range or other cooking appliances, you can probably save some money by modifying your cooking habits.
Unlike furnaces and water heaters, dryers are not required to have Energy Guide labels. However, new gas dryers use much less than older models, because they light automatically without a continuous-burning pilot light and also have better insulation.
Because of these new energy-efficient features, replacing an old gas dryer with a new one can save over 50% in energy cost.
With more people working from home and the growth of new technologies, products that require power in the average home have dramatically increased.
Computer equipment is the fastest growing electric load in the world. Unfortunately, much of the energy for computers is wasted because they are often kept on while not in use.
Additionally, most idle appliances—TVs, VCRs cable boxes, CD players, cordless phones, burglar alarms, microwaves—continue to use energy when switched off. This energy keeps display clocks lit and memory chips and remote controls working. These energy "leaks" are costly. New technology in TVs and VCRs bearing the Energy Star label will reduce wasted energy by up to 75 percent.
Here are two links to websites. The first link is to The California Independent System Operator website. Cal ISO is a not-for-profit public benefit corporation charged with operating the majority of California's high voltage wholesale power grid. Balancing the demand for electricity with an equal supply of megawatts, the ISO is the link between power plants and the utilities that service more than 30 million consumers. The website includes real time energy supply and demand statewide. The second link is to Flex Your Power, the site provides important conservation measures would affect statewide demand during peak periods. http://www.caiso.com http://www.fypower.org
If a curtailment is implemented in your neighborhood, remember that it is a controlled event. The electricity is usually restored within two hours. Until power is restored, please consider these helpful tips: