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Monterey, CA 93940
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Ted J. Terrasas, REHS
Sustainability Coordinator
Did You Know?
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  2. Screen savers don’t save energy!
  3. Energy Star ® copiers and fax machines can reduce their annual electricity costs by about 60% and 50% respectively.

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Conservation Tips for Everyone
  1. Walk, ride a bicycle, or use mass transit instead of driving.
  2. Install compact fluorescent light bulbs that use less energy and last 10 times longer than incandescent light bulbs and turn off lights when leaving a room.
  3. Air-dry your clothes on a laundry line instead of using a clothes dryer.
  4. Install a programmable thermostat that automatically adjusts the temperature when you are in bed or away. Set thermostat to 68° F in winter when home and 55° F when sleeping or away from home.
  5. Insulate the ceilings, walls, and floor of your home.
  6. Plant a tree next to a window or South side of your home for shade and to reduce the need for air conditioning.
  7. Install ceiling fans to keep heat down in living and recreational areas of your home.
  8. Wash clothes in cold water and only in full loads and turn down the water heater thermostat to 120° F.
  9. Recycle items such as newspaper, aluminum cans, and plastic bottles; recycling these items requires less energy than producing them from raw materials.
  10. Buy energy-efficient appliances, such as Energy Star Appliances, and use the energy-saving settings.  For more information about energy star appliances, visit Energy Star Appliances
  11. Clean or change air filters on your heating & cooling systems to increase efficiency.
  12. Seal areas around windows and doors with caulk or weather stripping. As much as 40% of your heating & cooling costs can be caused by air leaks.
Energy Conservation for Businesses
  1. Replace all incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescent lights. (Utility Rebates Available)
  2. Select electrical equipment with energy star features (e.g. Energy Star). Have a policy to replace failed equipment with utility “qualified” energy efficient equipment. Your PG&E Account Representative may have more information for available utility rebates.
  3. Retrofit exit signs with LEDs or fluorescent bulbs. (Utility Rebates Available)
  4. If more than five people are employed, track and post monthly gas and electricity usage information for employees to view. Please visit PG&E’s Business Tools website: www.pge.com/mybusiness/myaccount/analysis/
  5. Institute a business policy to reduce energy usage regarding power management of computers, printers, appliances, and unoccupied rooms. Consider computer management software or plug load sensors and strips. (Utility Rebates Available)
  6. Install a programmable thermostat to control heating and air conditioning. Utilize the thermostat’s night setback. Consider utility offered thermostat programs. (Utility Programs Available)
  7. Complete regularly scheduled maintenance on your HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) system. (Utility Programs Available)
  8. Clean permanent filters with mild detergents every two months (change replaceable filters every 2 months).
  9. Check entire system each year for coolant and air leaks, clogs, and obstructions of air intake and vents.
  10. Keep condense coils free of dust & lint.
  11. Maintain refrigerators by keeping evaporator coils free of excessive frost and by keeping condenser coils free of dust and lint.
  12. Set hot water heaters to standard 110-120º F.
  13. Use light switch reminders to remind customers and staff to turn off lights.
  14. Install occupancy sensors for lighting in intermittent usage areas, including walk-in refrigerator/freezers. (Utility Rebates Available)
  15. Install ultra efficient ballasts such as GE UltraMax units to dim lights to take advantage of daylight as part of a lighting retrofit.
  16. Insulate all accessible major hot water pipes.
  17. Consider adding desk lamps or task lighting fixtures to work spaces in order to reduce the need for overhead lighting when only one person is in the office.
  18. Convert hot water heaters to instantaneous on-demand systems where applicable. (Utility Rebates Available)
  19. Use a solar water heater or pre-heater if you have enough hot water demand to justify installation.
  20. Insulate refrigeration cold suction and heating lines. (Utility Rebates Available)
  21. Use weather stripping to close air gaps around doors and windows Use weather stripping to close air gaps around doors and windows.
  22. Install Window Film on sun exposed non-north facing windows. (Utility Rebates Available)
  23. Rearrange workspace to take advantage of natural sunlight, and design for increased natural lighting when remodeling.
  24. Plant native shrubs or trees near windows for shade where possible.
  25. Install ceiling fans.
  26. Clean lighting fixtures and lamps so that they are lighting as effectively as possible.