Overview

The energy we use to cool, light, and heat our homes contributes to our changing climate. When we burn fossil fuels like natural gas and use electricity generated from fossil fuels, we create greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, we also increase smog and impact public health. There are many programs and incentives to help residents reduce their energy use and save money.

PLEASE NOTE: ALL DATA AND PROPOSED REDUCTION STRATEGIES ON THIS SITE ARE DRAFT.

MMBTU

Million British Thermal Units

Energy from different sources is measured in different ways – electricity is measured in kWh, natural gas in therms. To better understand and compare total energy use, we often convert these different measures into a common denominator they all convert to- million British Thermal Units (MMBTU).

Data & Targets
  • 1,386,477

    MMBTU

    2012

    Baseline Year
  • 1,397,007

    MMBTU

    2013

  • 1,509,189

    MMBTU

    2020

    Short-Term Target
  • 1,466,138

    MMBTU

    2030

    Long-Term Target
Data & Targets
2012

Baseline Year

1,386,477

MMBTU
2013

1,397,007

MMBTU
2020

Short-Term Target

1,509,189

MMBTU
2030

Long-Term Target

1,466,138

MMBTU

Actions to Address Residential Buildings

In 2012, residential buildings were responsible 52% of the GHG emissions from electricity and 71% of the GHG emissions from natural gas. The draft Updated Climate Action Plan (CAP) identified two actions to address emissions from residential buildings.

Charts & Graphs

Energy Used in Our Homes

The graph at the left shows Residential Energy Use in Encinitas. The three lines represent the actual water consumption in 2012 and 2013 (black line); the projected consumption levels for 2020 and 2030 (purple line) under a business as usual scenario- meaning the City takes no further action to encourage reductions; and finally the targeted levels the City aims to get to for 2020 and 2030 (green line) once the actions from the Climate Action Plan have been implemented.

Residential Energy Use

The bar graph on the left shows that natural gas is utilized significantly more in homes than electricity, this use is primarily for space and water heating. Also, you can see that there was a very minimal increase in residential energy use between 2012 and 2013.

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Be a Part of the Solution

  • Reduce Energy Use at Home

    One way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Encinitas is to reduce the amount of electricity we need. Using EnergyStar Appliances at home is a great place to start. Take advantage of rebates through SDGE.

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  • Take a Home Energy Survey

    Did you know that SDGE offers free online energy surveys? Check it out to learn how to reduce energy use in your home.

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