December 5, 2013
A Proposition 39 funding workshop, sponsored by PG&E and the Fresno County Office of Education and held this week, was designed to help teachers and administrators learn how to use state funding to make schools more energy efficient.
November 15, 2013
A Zero Net Energy house unveiled to the public represents a huge step forward for Central Valley homeowners. The premise is simple: The home will generate as much energy as it consumes.
October 22, 2013
Purifying, pumping and heating water accounts for 19 percent of California’s electricity consumption. As Jonathan Marshall writes in his NEXT100 blog, PG&E and water utilities have programs to help customers save water — and energy.
October 1, 2013
There may have been a time when California’s largest, richest and longest operating gold mine didn’t have to worry about the cost of a light bulb. But today a nonprofit runs the old mine’s museum, which has to watch every penny. PG&E recently helped the Nevada County group purchase affordable energy-efficient lighting that’s saving money along with other unintended benefits.
September 12, 2013
In San Francisco’s Chinatown, PG&E has unveiled a new monthly energy statement for Chinese-speaking customers in their native language. The change means independence for many seniors who until now have had to rely on others to read their bill to them.
September 6, 2013
Chalk one up for the California Energy Commission: It was part of a multi-state coalition that reached a little-noticed settlement last month with the U.S. Department of Energy to update overdue federal energy efficiency standards on several commercial products. Businesses and consumers will save some $3.8 billion a year by 2035 on their energy bills.
August 21, 2013
Both the Kern County Farm Bureau and PG&E felt that farmers would benefit from knowing more about their energy usage, bills and available efficiency programs. So, for the past few months, PG&E representatives have come to the bureau with laptops in tow.
August 16, 2013
PG&E co-hosted a workshop for Fresno-area Southeast Asian communities on the utility’s financial assistance programs and how to save money on their utility bills.
August 14, 2013
Residents of Santa Maria will soon notice improved street lighting thanks to a partnership between the city and PG&E to retrofit more than 5,000 overhead street lamps.
July 29, 2013
In February, President Obama challenged Americans to reduce by half the energy wasted by homes and businesses over the next 20 years. But for Californians, energy efficiency isn’t a new concept. In fact, it has been around for decades, and PG&E has been leading the way to help customers find new ways to cut their energy use.
July 25, 2013
Lighting represents nearly 40 percent of all electricity used in commercial buildings, and about a quarter of peak commercial loads. That’s why, writes Jonathan Marshall in his NEXT100 blog, upgrading lighting control systems, after installing more efficient lighting, is for many customers a logical next step in the search for bill savings.
July 1, 2013
PG&E is urging customers to conserve electricity in response to a Flex Alert called for today and tomorrow, July 1-2, by the California Independent System Operator Corporation (ISO), which manages the state’s power grid. The need for conservation is greatest between 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
July 1, 2013
PG&E customers enrolled in Peak Day Pricing cut back their power consumption when demand on the grid soars. And, as Jonathan Marshall writes in his NEXT100 blog, they help prevent power outages, lower costs for everyone and spare the air.