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is out for the summer and that means more bodies at home during the day, which
also means more energy use. To help families conserve energy while kids are
home for the summer, Energy Upgrade
California, the consumer education
initiative to promote smart energy use, has
put together helpful energy saving tips to try out this summer.
Turn the Lights Off. Turn
the light switch off when no one is in a room so you don’t waste energy.
Use Power Strips. Use an
electronic power strip for your electronic equipment to help reduce phantom
loads. Don’t forget to turn the strip off when you’re not using it.
Use Fans. More people means more body heat. Using
fans and open windows to keep your home at a comfortable temperature can be
more effective than you think, and saves energy in the process.
Dim the TV, monitor, and phone. Reduce
your TV, computer screen, and phone’s brightness. Dialing down the brightness a
little can conserve 15% of regularly expended energy.
Energy Upgrade California
Created by the California Public Utilities Commission in 2011,
Energy Upgrade California is a statewide education, advocacy and outreach
initiative to promote energy management concepts, energy efficiency actions and
clean energy opportunities for the state’s residents and businesses. Energy
Upgrade California is uniting the state in a movement to help California thrive
through smarter energy use. Funding comes from the investor-owned utility
customers under the auspices of the California Public Utilities Commission. For
more information visit www.energyupgradeca.org.