Energy Efficiency

Energy Efficiency at Home

  • Replace traditional incandescent light bulbs with Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFLs)
  • Replace or clean furnace filters regularly and get a furnace tune-up. Keeping your furnace clean, lubricated and properly adjusted can save up to 5% on heating costs
  • Heat with solar!  In the winter, open drapes and curtains on south-facing windows to heat your home with sunlight. Close drapes and curtains to retain heat at night
  • In the summer, keep south-facing windows covered, and open those on the northern, cooler side of the house. Use fans to circulate air
  • Replace your old, inefficient furnace with an ENERGY STAR-qualified model. Take advantage of utility rebates of $200 - use up to 20% less energy this winter*. Visit Socal Gas
  • Turn down the thermostat. Lowering the temperature three to five degrees can save you 10% to 20% on heating costs
  • Invest in a programmable thermostat
  • Switch your refrigerator to the “Power Miser” setting
  • Set your refrigerator temperature to 36-39°F (2-3°C). Set freezer to 0-5°F (-18 to-15°C)
  • Use the right size pots and pans on your electric burners. Cover pots and pans while cooking
  • Install proper ceiling, wall, and attic insulation and weather-strip doors and windows to save up to 25% on heating costs. Take advantage of duct sealing and leakage testing incentives of $0.15 per square foot*. Visit Socal Gas
  • Choose an energy efficient water heater and qualify for a $30 rebate*. Visit Southern California Edison and Socal Gas. Adjust your water heater thermostat to 120°F or less and save 10% to 15% on water heating costs
  • Replace your older clothes washer with a qualifying high-efficiency model, which uses 35% to 50% less water. Many of these new models qualify for $35 rebates. Visit Socal Gas. Wash in cold water to save even more
  • Install low-flow shower heads to conserve water and save 5% to 10% on water heating costs. Showers can account for up to 50% of your hot water usage
  • Purchase an ENERGY STAR-qualified dishwasher and run it only when it is full. Use the air-dry option instead of the heat-dry. Check and clean the dishwasher drain

Funding for rebates is limited and may be subject to change or termination without notice

Energy Efficiency at Work

  • Set programmable thermostats to turn heating on 30 minutes before people arrive, and off 30 to 60 minutes before they leave. Set them no higher than 68°F during occupied periods in the winter.
  • Turn off lights in offices, conference areas, and lunchrooms when rooms are not in use.
  • Use task lighting instead of overhead lighting. Replace high-use incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescent light bulbs. CFLs use 75% less electricity to produce the same amount of light.
  • Dress comfortably for the weather. Adjust your layers before adjusting the thermostat.
  • Keep windows and doors closed to prevent loss of heated air. Open your drapes and shades during the day to allow the sun to warm your office.
  • Encourage your employer to regularly perform maintenance on heating and ventilation systems to keep them running efficiently.
  • Unplug electronic devices when they are not in use. Plug everything into a power strip and switch it off after shutting down equipment.
  • Close drapes and shades to limit the amount of heat that escapes.
  • Set thermostats no higher than 63°F during off-work hours.
  • Turn off all printers, copiers, fax machines, kitchen equipment, and lights.
  • Shut down computers when possible. Be sure to turn off monitors.

Energy Efficiency Training and Workshops

Professionals, businesses, and individuals are invited to participate in energy efficiency training and workshops conducted by SCE that will occur throughout the year. Watch for an announcement in your local paper!


Small Business Lighting Retrofits


Replacement of inefficient lighting and exit signs worth up to $10,000 per business – at no cost to the business. An energy expert contracted by SCE will come to your facility to identify energy-saving opportunities. You will receive free installation and energy efficient products. For more information about the program and participation, call 1(800) 736-4777 or 1(800) 332-5483, ext. 115.


Free Home Energy Surveys



When you choose to participate, experts from SCE will visit your home and make energy-saving recommendations on your use of electricity, water, and natural gas - all at no cost!  SCE will also install up to six compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) in homes of customers who have an in-home survey. Call 1(800) 278-8585 to schedule your free survey.


Free Lamp Exchange


The City of Santa Ana periodically holds Torchiere lamp exchange events. Bring your old inefficient Torchiere lamps and exchange them for new energy efficient lamps. The City publicizes these events in advance.


Local Events



The Partnership will participate in a variety of local community events and provide public education information and giveaways.


Energy Efficiency


Professionals, businesses, and individuals are invited to participate in energy efficiency training and workshops conducted by SCE that will occur throughout the year.  Watch for an announcement in your local paper!