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.
Projected Energy (MMBTU) Reduction Opportunities
The Encinitas Climate Action Plan (CAP) has identified two ways to reduce energy use in our homes. The first of these is through having a number of homes going through an energy audit and implementing new technologies (such as more efficient lighting and boilers) that use less energy. The second way the City looks to promote home energy reductions is through installing a number of solar hot water heaters.
This graph shows the impact these two programs we will have on residential energy consumption if we successfully meet our objectives in 2020 and 2030. The City is currently working on programs to make the adoption of these methods easier for Encinitas’ homeowners.
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
Use Less Energy and Save More Money!
When it comes to saving money on your energy bill, it’s not just how much energy you use, but when you use it. Energy costs more at peak times, so SDG&E created the Reduce Your Use℠ Rewards program to encourage our customers to save energy at peak times on certain days.More Information
The San Diego Association of Environmental Professionals recognized Encinitas’ 2018 Climate Action Plan (CAP) with the distinguished award of Outstanding Planning Document of the Year. The CAP was acknowledged for its exceptional clarity, accessibility, and environmentally sound design elements.Full Article
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