Free Home Energy Audit
Review our energy saving tips and helpful links below, and manage your energy usage with PSREC's Do-It-Yourself Home Energy Audit. If you are still having a hard time isolating problem areas that are making your home inefficient, please contact Plumas-Sierra for assistance at (530) 832-4261 ext. 6032, or click here. If necessary, we can visit your home or business to help recommend how you can reduce your energy costs. Go to Energy.gov to learn more about Energy Audits. During an audit, PSREC will examine potential problems you may be having with air infiltration, insulation, duct sealing, energy-hog appliances, water heating, air heating and cooling systems or other special equipment that may be working improperly.
Conservation Tips & Tools
Below are links to information and online calculators to help you estimate the cost of operating your appliances, powering your home and finding cost and energy-saving information. Also visit our Energy Assistance page.
Energy Saving Tips
Seal air leaks around windows, doors and wall penetrations. Inspect and repair insulation in attics and crawlspaces. Proper insulation and air sealing can save up to 30% on your home's heating and cooling costs.To learn more go to EnergySavers.coop.
Turn thermostats down in the winter and up in the summer. Install a programmable
thermostat to automatically raise and lower home temperatures for energy savings
by day and night. Watch a video about programmable thermostats at EnergyStar.gov.
Heat where you are when you are there. Use space heaters to add heat to small rooms, instead of raising a central heating thermostat. Click here To learn more...
Clean and dust light fixtures to ensure they give
out as much light as possible.
Choose energy saving lighting options. Learn more... from Bill Martin, a former member and friend of PSREC.
Use your microwave or toaster oven. It’s more efficient than either a gas or electric oven.
Turn off all unused lights and appliances, or plug into a "smart strip". Click here to learn more.
Turn your water heater down, the recommended setting is 120° F.
Clean the lint filter on your clothes dryer after each load and periodically check exhaust ducts
for leaks or blockage.
Keep your freezer full. Frozen food helps keep other food frozen, which means less work on
your freezer. If necessary, use gallon water jugs to take up empty space.
Check the seal on your refrigerator and freezer with the dollar-bill test. Close the door on a bill
so that part of it is left outside. Then try to pull the bill out of the door. If it comes out easily you should install a new seal.
Vacuum refrigerator and freezer coils and clean door seals every few months to improve efficiency. Dirty coils can
cost you 30 percent more on the operating cost of your appliance during the year. Dirty seals allow air infiltration, further taxing your appliance.
Position your refrigerator at least four inches from the wall if it has back coils. Keep the main compartment between 36° F and 38° F; keep the freezer between 0° F and 5° F.
Haul away that old “energy hog” refrigerator or freezer in the garage. PSREC will give you $50
to dispose of it.
Click here to fill out a form for this and other energy efficient rebates and incentives.
Click here to download a handy Winterization checklist for your vacation home.
Together We Save Your source to save energy and money with tips and how-to videos.
Home Energy Saver Identify the best ways to save energy in your home. From the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.
Energy Savers.gov – A Web site to help households reduce their energy bills by making homes more energy efficient. The site includes resources for homeowners, contractors and builders, building managers, realtors, and states.