There are plenty of ways that you can get involved in the effort towards achieving a greener, cleaner future for your city. Find out how you can conserve energy in your home or business.
Energy Saving Tips
- During the summer, set your thermostat at 78 degrees when you are home. Using a fan may allow you to set your thermostat above 78 degrees because of the increased air circulation that it creates. You are saving between 1-3 percent, on utility bills, for every degree above 72.
- Use major appliances before noon and after 7 p.m., in order to avoid peak usage times.
- Use cold water whenever possible to cut back on the cost of energy it takes to heat up water.
- Turn off any appliances or lights that are not in use, such as switching off lights when you leave a room.
- During the summer, keep shades over south-facing windows closed during the day in order to prevent heat from entering the house. Conversely, during the winter, keep the shades on the south-facing windows open during the day and closed at night.
Solar consumers are eligible for federal tax incentives for the purchase and installation of eligible solar systems, including both solar photovoltaics (PV) and solar hot water (solar thermal) systems, as well as other renewable energy investments.
The City of Irvine has maintained a longstanding history as a leader in environmental policies and construction. As such, the City continues to enhance its own facilities with solar.
Learn how conserving energy can save you money and earn rewards. For information about tips, rebates, and rewards programs.
With the adoption of the Irvine Energy Plan in 2008, the City focuses on finding the most effective solutions to the current energy situation. The City of Irvine is also utilizing renewable energy sources such as solar power for new City buildings and incorporate energy efficiency practices into existing city facilities and these facilities include, Cypress Community Center, Northwood Community Center, Quail Hill Community Center, Trabuco Center, and University Community Center.