Energy Wise

Efficiency and reduction of energy use is one of the best steps you can take in sustainability. While not every house can have solar panels on it, remembering to turn off the light in an empty room is an easy step for anyone to make, and it does save a lot of energy.

Some other ways to save energy (and money!) are:

  • Wash clothing in cold water, and dry on a line
  • Operate your dishwasher only when it is a full load
  • Adjust your thermostat -- allowing your home to be slightly cooler in the winter and slightly warmer in summer will have a big effect. Just a 5 degree change can reduce your heating bill by 10%!
  • Close off unused portions of your home -- no reason to heat up a room no one is using!
  • Take shorter showers to reduce water heating expenses (It may not seem intuitive, but water use is connected with electric use. The process of filtering, transporting, and heating water requires much energy, and generating electricity requires water. Learn more about the Energy-Water Nexus here: https://www.energy.gov/policy/initiatives/energy-water-nexus .)
  • Buy efficient appliances only. Whether it's a car or a refrigerator, look for the most efficient option. (See below for rebates!)
  • Insulate and weatherize your home (see below for rebates!)

To find out the best way to reduce your home energy and water use, start with these free online tools:

Looking for a rebate to help your home be more efficient? Rebates are available in different regions of Santa Fe County. See below for what is available to you:

Region Resource
City of Santa Fe Water Efficiency Rebates
City of Santa Fe, and Eldorado Community Eye on Water App
CNMEC Members Rebate information for appliances, LEDs, and water heaters. Home energy evaluation
Jemez Coop Members Appliance Rebates for Jemez Coop
Mora-San Miguel electric coop members Appliance Rebates for Mora-San Miguel
NM Gas customers
PNM customers  Home energy check up
 
Santa Fe County Happy Roofs Program : Free Roof Repair for qualifying residents
State of NM Energy Smart Program free efficiency upgrades for qualifying residents