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You and Your Utility Bill: Ways To Save

YOU AND YOUR UTILITY BILL Not all utility bills are created equal. Energy consumption varies depending on several factors, particularly weather changes, reflecting a changing dependence on climate control devices, like space heating and cooling. These seasonal patterns of energy consumption affect the utility costs serving each customer class and, by proxy, the electricity rates paid. Bob Jenson Air Conditioning and Heating is exploring how California's energy consumption matches up to the country's averages and how much your energy bill may be shifting during California's seasonal changes. In 2011, California's per capita energy consumption ranked 47th in the nation. The state's low ranking came from its mild climate and energy efficiency programs. CALIFORNIA 47TH IN THE NATION California ranks 1st for clean energy development California ranks California ranks 7th for average residential electricity rate among all U.S. States, at 12.5 cents/KWH. 29th for average residenfial natüral among all U.S. States. gas consumption rate among all U.S. States at $12.57 per 1,000 cubic feet. In California homes, heating and cooling measures account for 31% of total energy use. CA ENERGY CONSUMPTION BY USER RESIDENTIAL COMMERCIAL INDUSTRIAL TRANSPORTATION 19.3% 19.8% 22.7% 38.2% The summer energy consumption averages around 500 kWh. This reflects an average utility bill around $88/mo. for summer months. The winter energy consumption averages On an annual basis, the averagè energy usage in California is about 600 kWh around 700 kWh. This per month for a household, an average monthly bill around $100/month. reflects an average utility bill around $125/mo. for winter months. CA ENERGY USAGE U.S. NATIONAL ENERGY USAGE -VERSUS- Appliances and Lighting: 44% Space Heating: 27% Water Heating: 25% Air Conditioning: 4% Appliances and Lighting: 35% Space Heating: 41% Water Heating: 18% Air Conditioning: 6% WAYS TO $AVE Here are the Top 5 ways to save on your energy bill every month Adjust your thermostat Set your thermostat to 78°F for summer air conditioning and 68°F for winter heat if your health permits. For every 2 degrees you turn down your thermostat in winter or up in summer, you can reduce costs by up to $200 a year. 2 Lower your water temperature A 20°F reduction can save you over $80 a year. For most uses, a water heater temperature of 120° F works fine. 3 Try cold water wash Save up to $42 per year on electric water heating costs by washing with cold water. 4 Buy energy-efficient appliances Save up to $80 a year on energy costs by choosing ENERGY STAR® appliances, such as a refrigerator. 5 Seal and insulate your home You could lower your heating and cooling bill over $250 per year by having proper insulation, a time-tested step that can help save energy year round. SOURCES BRIM Energy.pdf AGEN CY Air Conditioning and Heating ICIDCIT ASO SKLANIS(EAMNA FK 229252

You and Your Utility Bill: Ways To Save

shared by BobJenson on Mar 10
We explore how California ranks in energy consumption compared to the rest of the U.S., how seasons effect your bill and most importantly, how you can lower your bill each month! Check out our latest ...


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