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PG&E Offers Energy Saving, Safety Tips Around Lunar New Year Superstitions

PG&E crews hang red lanterns to decorate the parade route in San Francisco's Chinatown.

Gung Hey Fat Choy! Beginning Jan. 28, PG&E is welcoming the Year of the Rooster by offering energy saving and safety tips around five Lunar New Year superstitions.

  • Superstition: No house cleaning on the first day of the lunar New Year or you will be sweeping out the good luck from your home.
  • Energy saving and safety tip: No matter what time you plan on cleaning your house, remember to inspect, clean or change furnace filters once a month. Also, keep light fixtures clean. Dust can obstruct light output by as much as 25 percent.
  • Superstition: It is bad luck to wash your hair on the first day of the lunar New Year. In the Chinese language, hair has the same pronunciation and character as ‘fa’, which means ‘to become wealthy.’
  • Energy saving and safety tip: No matter what day you wash your hair, remember to install energy-saving showerheads, faucets and flow restrictors.
  • Superstition: Do not wash clothes on the first and second day of the lunar New Year, because those two days are celebrated as the birthday of the Water God.
  • Energy saving and safety tip: When you are ready to wash your clothes, use cold water and save up to $30 a year on hot water heating with a gas water heater. Use the clothes dryer moisture sensor to turn off the dryer automatically. Operating the dryer an extra 15 minutes per load can cost up to $34 annually. Clean the lint trap between loads, which can provide additional savings.
  • Superstition: Replace dead plants with fresh, live plants before Lunar New Year. It is inauspicious to have dead plants as you’re carrying over the bad luck from one year to the next.
  • Energy saving and safety tip: Choose the proper tree or plant and the ideal place to plant it. Proper placement provides trouble-free beauty and can prevent future damage to the utility lines under your property.
  • Superstition: When giving out gifts during Lunar New Year, make sure you avoid buying clocks, scissors, and pears as gifts, as they all have a negative meaning in Asian culture.
  • Energy saving and safety tip: You might consider giving out Energy Star LED lightbulbs that use at least 75 percent less energy than incandescent bulbs and last up to 25 times longer.

The company’s bilingual staff will participate in several Lunar New Year celebrations, where it will provide diverse communities with information on the company’s low income and energy efficiency programs. Employees will be available to answer questions and provide information about various PG&E programs at the following event:

PG&E has served and engaged with California’s diverse communities for more than 100 years. PG&E recognized the importance of in-language services a century ago when it opened its first payment office in San Francisco’s Chinatown in 1905. In 2013, PG&E became the first energy company in California providing energy statements in Chinese.

Additionally, PG&E’s customer service hotline provides support in 190 languages through over-the-phone interpretation services. PG&E also launched a Chinese website to improve access for non-English speaking customers to provide information on energy savings programs, environmental stewardship, financial assistance, and much more.

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