Energy Saving Tips to Prepare for Winter

The seasonal changes may be subtle in San Diego, there are still simple steps you and your residents can take to save energy and keep utility bills from escalating.

Encourage residents to conserve energy inside their apartment homes:

  • Encourage your residents to conserve energy inside their apartment homes:
  • When it is cold outside, take advantage of the sun’s warmth by keeping drapes open during the day.
  • Minimize drafts around windows with insulating drapes or shades.
  • Install programmable thermostats to manage temperature settings.  The U.S. Department of Energy recommends setting the thermostat at 68˚ during the day and lowered 3 to 5 degrees further at night or while away.
  • Use extra blankets as the weather turns cooler.
  • Use cold or cool water when washing clothes to save up to 10 percent on hot-water costs.
  • Run the dishwasher only when full.

Multifamily property owners can take steps to ensure their buildings are prepared:

  • Seal the air leaks around utility cut-throughs for pipes (“plumbing penetrations”), gaps around chimneys and recessed lights in insulated ceilings, and unfinished spaces behind cupboards and closets
  • Add caulk or weatherstripping to seal air leaks around leaky doors and windows.
  • Up to 40 percent of a building’s heat loss takes place due to inadequate attic and wall insulation. Upgrade insulation to save up to 25 percent on heating costs.
  • Have air ducts tested for leaks. Seal any leaks and save up to 20 percent on winter heating costs.
  • Check the furnace filter monthly and clean or replace it, per manufacturer’s recommendations, to save up to 2 percent on heating costs.
  • Caulk and weather-strip drafty doors and windows to save up to 5 percent on heating costs.

To learn how the Energy Upgrade California Multifamily program can help you identify energy efficiency retrofit upgrades that could benefit both you and your residents, contact Nicole Beaulieu at 916-844-0084 or via email at

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