"Energy Efficiency is at the heart of energy affordability." Tony Earley, Chairman, CEO and President of PG&E Corporation

The California Model

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How California Energy Efficiency Programs and Policies Became a Model for the Nation

Over the last 35 years, an innovative and pioneering California model for energy efficiency has helped keep per capita energy use in California nearly flat.

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During that same period of time, electricity usage in the rest of the United States continued to rise by 50 percent.

The California model for energy efficiency is at the core of energy affordability. And a core element of the California model is a long history of utilities delivering energy efficiency programs to millions of homes and businesses across the state.

Since the 1970s, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) has worked closely with government, nonprofit and private sector partners to design and implement energy efficiency programs and policies that allow Californians to do more with less energy—saving money and helping to protect the environment.

From working directly with manufacturers to engineer energy efficiency into flat screen TVs, to helping farmers save energy and water by providing incentives for efficient drip irrigation systems, to helping customers use the most efficient lighting technology — we’re working to create extra energy savings every day throughout California.

It is energy efficiency programs like these that help keep energy use flat despite the increase in the number of electrical gadgets and appliances used in homes and businesses.

At PG&E, we’re using our energy experience and our day-to-day relationships with millions of customers to help California drive national energy savings—and to help Californians reduce their energy consumption and cut their energy costs.

Learn more about how PG&E is helping customers save energy and money.