Signing up for one or both of these free digital tools enables you to get a detailed analysis of your home’s energy use as well as providing you with customized solutions to increase your home’s efficiency.



It’s easy to get lazy when it comes to powering off electronics, but you should be scared of allowing vampire electrical loads to suck up all your power!

Plug load refers to the electricity used by products and appliances that are powered by ordinary AC plugs, typically excluding building electricity consumption attributed to major end uses (heating, ventilating, air conditioning, lighting, water heating, etc.).   Source: nordman.lbl.gov/docs/taxonomy.pdf

Reducing plug loads is an important step in moving toward net zero energy buildings. There is evidence that plug loads are becoming responsible for a higher proportion of total building loads as buildings have become more energy efficient, suggesting that small reductions in plug load electricity consumption can have relatively large impacts on electricity conservation.   Source: Institutebe.com

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Water and energy are more intricately connected than you might think! Water is required for many energy sources, as it is used for things like cooling down electricity-generating turbines. Also, electricity is necessary to move and heat water. This is especially important in Southern California where water is scarce and must be pumped long distances. Addressing this water-energy connection is a critical step to reducing energy consumption!

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Life has become significantly easier since Thomas Edison invented the lightbulb. However, energy consumption has also grown greatly since his important invention! The US Energy Information Administration (EIA) estimated that about 412 billion kilowatt hours of electricity were used in 2014 for lighting both residential and commercial buildings. This was about 11% of all US energy consumption. Luckily, there are several easy ways to reduce the energy consumption of lighting that will contribute to overall energy reductions in your home.   Source: EIA.gov

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Advances in appliances are making it easier than every to reduce your energy consumption! Take advantage of some of the incredible new technology that is available and watch your energy consumption drop. Using energy efficient products is both environmentally and financially sustainable, as it reduces energy use and decreases your bills!

Here are some very helpful sites for energy efficient appliances:

Energy Star
Energy Circle

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take political action

Individual and community actions are terrific, and extremely important in influencing your own behavior and the behavior of others! However, political action needs to be taken as well to achieve change in policies and laws across the United States. These changes will guarantee sustainable practices and carbon reduction for generations to come


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