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.
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).
Energy Used in Our Homes
The graph at the left shows Residential Energy Use in Encinitas. The three lines represent the actual energy 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.
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.More Information
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.More Information
In December 2016, Ordinance 2016-12 banned the use of Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) foam food service ware containers in Encinitas, due to their impact on the environment. The Ordinance included a six (6) month grace period for all affected establishments to get into compliance. That grace period ended on Friday, June 16, 2017.Full Article
The City of Encinitas was recently honored by the Climate Action Campaign with the “Agents of Change” Award. The Climate Action Campaign is a San Diego-based organization with a mission to stop climate change through policy action. Encinitas earned the distinction for leading the exploration of a Community Choice Energy program.Full Article
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