Energy Efficiency

WHERE DOES MY ELECTRICAL ENERGY COME FROM?
Energy generation comes from several sources. Fossil fuels, hydroelectric, wind, and nuclear are all types of energy generation. Once energy is generated and converted into electricity it then becomes available for consumption.  The City of Bradbury gets its electricity from Southern California Edison. Southern California Edison has three power generation plants that produce 30% of its electricity demand and purchases any additional electricity on the open market. 

The City of Bradbury gets its natural gas from Southern California Gas Company.

WHY IS ENERGY CONSERVATION SO IMPORTANT?
There are several reasons why energy conservation is important. First, energy production associated with fossil fuels (coal, petroleum, natural gas) can be harmful to the environment. When these products are burned for the energy production process nitrous oxides, sulfur oxides and particulate matter are released into the air we breathe. CO2 is also released, which contributes heavily to global warming.

Also, as Southern California's population continues to grow the demand for energy increases, which results in the burning of more harmful fossil fuels. Fossil fuels are renewable but, we are using them up at a rate 100,000 times faster than they are being formed. By conserving energy you can curb global warming, preserve valuable resources, while at the same time saving money.

WHAT CAN I DO ABOUT IT?

  1. Appliance Use – Use your appliances during non-peak period times. Peak period times are the hours between 4 p.m. — 6 p.m.
  2. Lights —Turn off the lights and other appliances when you're not using them. Many people leave their computers and other appliances on 24/7. Turn computers and printers off at the power strip.
  3. Clothing —If you're chilly, put on a sweater or throw an extra blanket on the bed before you turn up the thermostat. Do the reverse if you’re hot. Sleep with fewer blankets and less pajamas.
  4. Doors —Avoid unnecessary heating by remembering to close doors and/or vents to rooms that you are not using.
  5. Windows —Warm up or cool down your home by opening or closing the blinds on your windows. Open your blinds and let the sun in on cold days and close them on hot days to keep the sun’s heat out.
  6. Automatic lighting — Consider installing automatic lighting controls such as light sensors, motion-detectors, and clock timers to turn lights on and off automatically or at preset times. Automatic lighting controls have the added benefit of serving as security devices.
  7. Chimney — Did you know that the hot air emitted from your heating system escapes out of your chimney almost as effectively as heat and smoke from your fireplace? Close the damper tightly when you're not using it.
  8. Pool — Change your pool timer settings. Limit the operating time of your pool filter and automatic cleaner to four to five hours, and only during off-peak times.
  9. Dishwasher & Washing machine – Run only full loads in the washing machine and dishwasher. When using a dishwasher let the dishes air dry instead of heated drying. This will also conserve water.
  10. Dryer — If possible run only full loads in the dryer. Also, clean the lint trap after every use.
  11. Bulbs & Fixtures - Keep fixtures, bulbs and tubes clean and in working order. Dirt can absorb as much as 50% of the light emitted by a bulb.
  12. Thermostat —During the summer set your thermostat to 78 degrees. If you have ceiling fans use them in combination with the air conditioner. This will circulate the cool air better and require less use of the air conditioner.
  13. Product purchases — When feasible try to purchase products marked with the ENERGY STAR® label. For more information on energy conservation please see the links for energy conservation below.

ARE THERE ANY REBATES FOR PURCHASING ENERGY SAVING PRODUCTS?
Yes, there are a number of rebates available for purchasing energy saving products. These rebates may change from time to time. Southern California Edison and Southern California Gas Company may offer rebates on the following types of equipment and home improvements.
Southern California Edison

  • Installation of Dual Pane Windows
  • Air conditioners/heaters
  • Electric storage water heater
  • Whole house fan
  • Pool pumps and motors
  • Thermostats marked with Energy Star® label
  • Whole house evaporative cooler
  • Ceiling Fans with Compact Fluorescent Lights marked with Energy Star® label

For more information on the Southern California Edison Rebate Program click on Southern California Edison

  • Central Natural Gas Furnace marked with Energy Star® Label
  • Natural Gas storage Water Heater
  • Programmable Thermostats marked with Energy Star® Label
  • Attic or Wall Insulation
  • Clothes Washers marked with EnergyStar® Label
  • Dishwashers marked with EnergyStar® Label

For more information click on the Southern California Gas Company Rebate Program

For information on other environmentally friendly rebate programs click on http://www.consumerenergycenter.org

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