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Top tips for summer
Power down
Power down
Power down
Avoid using appliances from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., when demand for electricity is highest. Learn more at smud.org/TOD.
Smart thermostat
Smart thermostat
Smart thermostat
Save energy with a smart thermostat and get instant rebates at smudenergystore.com.
Cooling at 78
Set cooling at 78
Set your thermostat at 78 degrees in the summer and 68 degrees or below in the winter. You’ll be comfortable and save on cooling and heating.
Engage with your community (8)
Solar panel and wind turbine
Empower your community
Empower your community
Support renewable energy in our community. Learn more at smud.org/Greenergy.
SMUD Museum of Science and Curiosity (MOSAC)
Get curious
Get curious
Explore a clean energy future by visiting the SMUD Museum of Science and Curiosity (MOSAC). Learn more at VisitMOSAC.org.
Classroom of adults
Take a class
Take a class
We offer free workshops to help you create an energy efficient home. Register at smud.org/Learn.
Community clean up
Volunteer for cleanups in your community. A cleaner community is a healthier and more beautiful community.
Empower your community
Support renewable energy in our community. Learn more at smud.org/Greenergy.
Get curious
Explore a clean energy future by visiting the SMUD Museum of Science and Curiosity (MOSAC). Learn more at VisitMOSAC.org.
Take a class
We offer free workshops to help you create an energy efficient home. Register at smud.org/Learn.
Participate in local programs
Get involved in local environmental programs and initiatives to support community sustainability efforts.
Beautify your community
Join local tree planting events to beautify your community and improve air quality.
Support green businesses
Choose to support businesses that prioritize sustainability and environmentally-friendly practices.
Share your knowledge
Educate others about sustainable practices and encourage them to adopt eco-friendly habits.
Be energy efficient (27)
Go electric with home appliances
Go electric rebates
Go electric rebates
Save money when you upgrade to an energy efficient induction cooktop, heat pump HVAC or water heater. Learn more at smud.org/Rebates.
Use solar outdoors
Outdoor solar lights
Outdoor solar lights
Choose solar-powered outdoor lights to take advantage of clean and free power from the sun. Plus, they’re easy to install and maintain.
Shop SMUD Energy Store
Shop SMUD Energy Store
Find the best energy efficient products and exclusive rebates. Discover more at smudenergystore.com.

Close the flue
If you have a fireplace, keep the flue closed when the fireplace is not in use to keep hot or cold air from escaping up the chimney and out of your house.
Cool with fans
Use fans instead of central air conditioning, whenever possible. A fan costs about 90% less to operate than an air conditioner.
Hibernate electronics
Use automatic computer sleep and hibernate modes to help reduce wasted energy consumption.
Cool at 78
Set your thermostat at 78 degrees in the summer and 68 degrees or below in the winter. You’ll be comfortable and save on cooling and heating.
Power down
Avoid using appliances from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., when demand for electricity is highest. Learn more at smud.org/TOD.
Unplug the small stuff
Choose to support businesses that prioritize sustainability and environmentally-friendly practices.
Unplug when full
Unplug small appliances and electronics, like coffee makers and printers when not in use. These items continue using power as long as they’re plugged in.
Wash in cold
Wash your laundry in cold water. It’s just as effective and it’ll save you energy, too.
Outdoor solar lights
Choose solar-powered outdoor lights to take advantage of clean and free power from the sun. Plus, they’re easy to install and maintain.
Hang to dry
Hang laundry outside to dry during warm weather and use a drying rack inside during cooler weather. Air drying clothes uses less energy and saves you money.
Shade to cool
Keep excess heat out by using light-colored blinds, shades or thermal drapes on the sunny sides of your home or business.
Shop SMUD Energy Store
Find the best energy efficient products and exclusive rebates. Discover more at smudenergystore.com
Go electric rebates
Save money when you upgrade to an energy efficient induction cooktop, heat pump HVAC or water heater. Learn more at smud.org/Rebates.
Smart electronics
Turn down brightness levels and set automatic eco- and energy-saving features on your TV.
Simplify cooking
Use a slow-cooker or crockpot pressure cooker and air fryer to cook stews and other single-dish meals. You’ll save energy, time and effort.
Replace filters
Clean or replace your HVAC filters every 3 months to increase efficiency.
Smart thermostat
Save energy with a smart thermostat and get instant rebates at SMUDEnergyStore.com.
Weatherize your home
Save energy in your home when the weather is hot or cold by adding insulation or sealing doors and windows.
Electrify your yard
Swap gas powered leaf blowers and mowers for electric equipment to avoid generating pollution.
Efficient pool pump
If you have a pool, use a variable speed pool pump to help minimize energy use and save money by running during off-peak hours.
Use a tankless water heater
Consider installing a tankless water heater to save energy and reduce water heating costs.
Upgrade appliances
Upgrade to energy-efficient appliances to save energy and reduce utility bills. Look for the ENERGY STAR® label.
Turn off lights
Turn off lights when you leave a room to save energy.
Save with power strips
Use smart power strips to prevent energy waste from electronics that draw power even when turned off.
Cook efficiently
Use lids on pots and pans while cooking to reduce the amount of energy needed to heat food.
Use a programmable thermostat
Install a programmable thermostat to automatically adjust the temperature in your home and save energy.
Choose energy-efficient windows
Upgrade to energy-efficient windows to improve insulation and reduce heating and cooling costs.
Choose cleaner transportation options (8)
drive efficiently
Drive efficiently
Make sure your car’s tires are inflated properly. Low tire pressure takes more fuel to move your car.
bike or walk
Bike or walk
Choose to bike or walk instead of driving, even if only for a few trips, to help reduce your carbon footprint.
Go electric
Go electric
Purchase or lease an electric vehicle. You’ll save on fuel costs and reduce your emissions. Get started at smud.org/DriveElectric
Drive efficiently
Make sure your car’s tires are inflated properly. Low tire pressure takes more fuel to move your car.
Bike or walk
Choose to bike or walk instead of driving, even if only for a few trips, to help reduce your carbon footprint.
Go electric
Purchase or lease an electric vehicle. You’ll save on fuel costs and reduce your emissions. Get started at smud.org/DriveElectric.
Ride public transit
Ride public transit to produce lower carbon emissions when compared to driving your gas-powered vehicle.
Carpool
Carpool with friends or coworkers to reduce the number of vehicles on the road and lower emissions.
Use public EV charging stations
Use public electric vehicle charging stations to support the infrastructure and encourage more widespread adoption of EVs.
Avoid idling
Turn off your car engine when parked or waiting to reduce emissions and save fuel.
Use a fuel-efficient vehicle
If you don’t choose to drive an EV, drive a fuel-efficient or hybrid vehicle to reduce your carbon footprint and save on fuel costs.
Support local sustainability (10)
Grow some shade
Grow some shade
Plant shade trees to help absorb CO2, keep your house cool during hot weather and clean the air we breathe. Get your free trees at smud.org/ShadeTrees.
Wood chips in a barrel
Use wood chips
Use wood chips
We offer free wood chips to help fertilize your soil and make trees grow. Learn more at smud.org/WoodChips.
Grow your produce
Grow your produce
Grow your produce
Grow your own fruits and vegetables at home or join a community garden. You'll eat cleaner and beautify your surroundings.
Eat local
Eat and shop local, like your local farmer’s market, to reduce transportation emissions.
Eat plant-based foods
Consider replacing meat-based meals with a plant-based option on occasion. Plant-based foods use less water and help reduce carbon emissions.
Grow your produce
Grow your own fruits and vegetables at home or join a community garden. You’ll eat cleaner and beautify your surroundings.
Grow some shade
Plant shade trees to help absorb CO2, keep your house cool during hot weather and clean the air we breathe. Get your free trees at smud.org/ShadeTrees.
Use wood chips
We offer free wood chips to help fertilize your soil and make trees grow. Learn more at smud.org/WoodChips.
Plant a native garden
Choose native plants for your garden. They require less water, fertilizer and pesticides, which saves resources and supports local ecosystems.
Choose sustainable seafood
Select sustainable seafood options certified by organizations like the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) to support ocean health.
Support local artisans
Buy handmade goods from local artisans to reduce the environmental impact of mass production and transportation.
Go meatless on Mondays
Participate in Meatless Mondays to reduce your meat consumption and its environmental impact.
Support urban farming
Get involved in urban farming initiatives to support local food production and reduce the environmental impact of transportation.
Enjoy an active lifestyle (3)
Hiker walking through wildflowers
Take a hike
Take a hike
Appreciate the environment and get outside. Discover our recreational areas at smud.org/Recreation.
People taking stairs towards a building.
Step it up
Step it up
When out and about, skip the elevator and take the stairs.
Exercise at home
Exercise at home
Consider yoga, pilates or bodyweight exercises to save energy that would be used in commuting to a gym and powering gym equipment.
Take a hike
Appreciate the environment and get outside. Discover our recreational areas at smud.org/Recreation.
Step it up
When out and about, skip the elevator and take the stairs.
Exercise at home
Consider yoga, pilates or bodyweight exercises to save energy that would be used in commuting to a gym and powering gym equipment.
Choose renewable energy (5)
Go solar and conserve
Solar power
Solar power
Consider adding solar and power your home with a clean, renewable emissions-free energy source. Learn more at smud.org/Solar.
Install home battery
Battery storage
Battery storage
Got solar? Add battery storage and use more of the clean, emission-free energy you produce. Get started at smud.org/StorageRes.
Support renewable energy
Support renewable energy
Support renewable energy initiatives and policies to help increase the use of clean energy sources.
Solar power
Consider adding solar and power your home with a clean, renewable emissions-free energy source. Learn more at smud.org/Solar.
Support renewable energy
Support renewable energy initiatives and policies to help increase the use of clean energy sources.
Use natural light
Take advantage of natural sunlight by opening curtains and blinds during the day. This reduces the need for artificial lighting and saves energy.
Go Greenergy
Join Greenergy to meet the electricity needs of your home or business with clean energy. Visit smud.org/Greenergy.
Battery storage
Got solar? Add battery storage and use more of the clean, emission-free energy you produce. Get started at smud.org/StorageRes.
Reduce waste (28)
Shop thrifty
Shop thrifty
Shop thrifty
Try trading, borrowing or buying second-hand clothing to minimize your impact on resources.
Reuse containers
Reuse containers
Reuse containers and jars for storage instead of buying new ones.
Paperless friendly billing helps the earth
go paperless
Go paperless
Save paper by enrolling in paperless billing at smud.org/Paperless.
Go reusable
Choose reusable products (like a reusable water bottle) instead of single-use throwaways to curb waste and reduce the burden on landfills.
Avoid plastics
Avoid products with excessive plastic packaging. You’ll help lower carbon emissions from producing, transporting and disposing of the plastic.
Go paperless
Save paper by enrolling in paperless billing at smud.org/Paperless.
Garden compost
Make a compost pile or worm bin to reduce the impact of wasted food.
Shop and ship smart
Consolidate your online purchases to reduce packaging and the number of shipments. .
Shop thrifty
Try trading, borrowing or buying second-hand clothing to minimize your impact on resources.
Eco-friendly clothes
Buy clothes made from eco-friendly fabrics like cotton, wool, linen or hemp. They are safer for the environment, biodegradable and can be recycled.
Reusable bags are best
Bring reusable shopping bags to the grocery store to avoid single-use shopping bags.
Print double-sided
When you must print a document, use double-sided mode. It’s an easy way to halve your paper consumption.
Recharge and reuse
Use rechargeable batteries for items like TV remotes instead of single use batteries. And don’t forget to recycle single use batteries.
Eco-friendly cleaning
Use eco-friendly cleaning products that are less harmful to the environment and your health.
Recycle electronics
Recycle old electronics properly to prevent hazardous materials from harming the environment.
Reuse containers
Reuse containers and jars for storage instead of buying new ones.
Donate items
Donate gently used items to charities or thrift stores instead of throwing them away.
Use sustainable pet products
Choose eco-friendly pet products, such as biodegradable waste bags and sustainable pet food, to reduce your pet’s environmental impact.
Avoid disposable straws
Use reusable straws instead of disposable plastic ones to reduce plastic waste.
Use public composting
Utilize community composting programs if available to divert food waste from landfills.
Buy in bulk
Purchase items in bulk to reduce packaging waste and save money.
Use cloth napkins
Use cloth napkins instead of paper ones to reduce paper waste.
Use online resources
Use digital resources and e-books to reduce paper consumption.
Use eco-friendly paint
Use digital resources and e-books to reduce paper consumption.
Opt for e-tickets
Use electronic tickets for events and travel to save paper.
Make your own cleaning products
Create your own cleaning products using natural ingredients like vinegar and baking soda to reduce chemical use.
Avoid disposable cutlery
Bring your own reusable cutlery when eating out or ordering takeout to reduce plastic waste.
Use refillable products
Choose refillable products, such as cleaning supplies, to reduce packaging waste and save money.
Avoid microbeads
Avoid personal care products that contain microbeads, as they can harm aquatic life and contribute to plastic pollution.
Use biodegradable soaps
Choose biodegradable soaps and detergents to minimize water pollution and protect aquatic ecosystems.
Use a reusable coffee cup
Bring a reusable coffee cup to your favorite café to reduce single-use cup waste.
Conserve water (10)
Be smart with your water
Be water smart
Be water smart
Water your lawn and garden before 10 a.m. or after 10 p.m. to ensure your plants get the most of the water by minimizing evaporation.
Use a broom
Use a broom
Sweep driveways and sidewalks instead of hosing them down to save water.
Practice xeriscaping
Practice xeriscaping
Landscape with drought-tolerant plants and efficient irrigation systems to conserve water.
Be water smart
Water your lawn and garden before 10 a.m. or after 10 p.m. to ensure your plants get the most of the water by minimizing evaporation.
Full loads only
Only run the washing machine when you have a full load. You’ll save water, energy and money.
Turn off water
Take shorter showers, install low-flow showerheads and turn off the water while you brush your teeth. You’ll to minimize water waste and save energy, too.
Fix leaks
Repair any water leaks in your home promptly to avoid wasting water and energy used for heating water.
Use a broom
Sweep driveways and sidewalks instead of hosing them down to save water.
Practice xeriscaping
Landscape with drought-tolerant plants and efficient irrigation systems to conserve water.
Install a smart irrigation system
Use a smart irrigation system to water your lawn and garden more efficiently, saving water and money.
Use less hot water
Reduce hot water usage by taking shorter showers and washing clothes in cold water.
Plant a rain garden
Create a rain garden to capture and filter stormwater runoff, supporting local water quality and wildlife.
Use rain barrels
Collect rainwater in barrels to water your garden and reduce your water consumption.

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