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The Week of Monday, April 28

As we head into the warmer Spring and Summer months, the South Bay Environmental Services Center (SBESC) would like to share the top 10 energy-saving tips with you:

  • Set your thermostat no lower than 78 degrees.
  • Close drapes and blinds to keep out direct sunlight during hot periods.
  • At night, when it’s practical to do so, open windows and use electric fans.
  • Keep your home cooler when cooking by grilling outdoors or using the microwave oven.
  • Plug home electronics, such as TVs and DVD players, into power strips, then turn the power strips off when equipment is not in use. TVs and DVD players still use power, even in standby mode.
  • Replace incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescent lights (CFLs) or light-emitting diode lights (LEDs) – which use less energy. Be sure to turn off lights when you leave a room or in rooms that aren’t in use. FYI…only about 10-15% of the electricity that incandescent lights consume results in light – the rest is turned into heat!
  • Line-dry your clothes when possible.
  • If you use your dryer, dry full loads, but don’t overload or over-dry. Separate lightweight and heavy clothes for more energy-efficient drying.
  • Dry two or more loads in a row to take advantage of the heat still in the dryer.
  • Clean the lint filter before drying each load.

Sources: SCE and The Gas Company

For additional ideas on ways to become more energy-efficient, please visit www.sbesc.com or give us a call 310-371-7222. 

The SBESC is the South Bay's resource center for residents, businesses and municipalities to access information and best practices related to energy efficiency, water conservation, recycling and transportation alternatives and the environment.  SBESC staff is working with the South Bay cities to develop Climate Action Plans that significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions through local actions.  Materials and tools are provided to assist in better understanding the potential for energy efficiency and water savings within homes and businesses that may very well reduce costs.  A wide variety of educational seminars and practical training sessions are hosted by SBESC.  In addition, staff and volunteers participate year-round in community events to assist consumers in making informed decisions about their personal use of natural resources.  The SBESC is a major program of the SBCCOG which partners with The Gas CompanySM, Southern California Edison, West Basin Municipal Water District, City of Torrance Water Department, Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, and County of Los Angeles.