It Starts Small…and Adds Up

It starts small, just one person taking a step to reduce energy waste. It’s as simple as turning off unused lights or powering down unused electronics.

Now imagine if everyone in your department at work—and in your household—stepped up and powered down, then everyone in your building, then everyone in your city. You can see how together we can significantly decrease greenhouse emissions, increase energy efficiency and ensure a sustainable environment for future generations. This collective, forward-thinking, difference-making effort is what Step Up and Power Down is all about!

Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) is joining forces with California cities to bring you Step Up and Power Down. Our mission is to reduce energy waste among our businesses and in our homes for a more sustainable California while helping local cities achieve their own sustainability goals. The energy saving actions we adopt will continue to make a difference.

Five Cities Came Together to Make a Big Impact!


Thanks to efforts made by the cities of Redwood City, San Carlos,
San Francisco, San José and Woodland, together we made a big difference.



What's Next?

Check out our business resources page for San Francisco or for San Jose for ways to engage your employees and find tips for saving energy. Residential households can check out these resource downloads: energy efficiency guide for renters and road map to making your home more comfortable and energy efficient. You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Start Saving Today!

You don’t have to wait to start saving. There are simple actions you can take today to reduce your energy waste at work and at home.

Save at Work

Learn more about completing a Business Energy Checkup, business solutions and rebates, and other small actions you can take to help reduce waste in your business.

Save at Home

Take a free 5 minute Home Energy Check-Up today and find out how much of your home energy goes to heating, hot water, appliances, lighting and other uses.

Behavioral changes have the biggest impact in improving efficiency and reducing energy consumption. This initiative really gave us an opportunity to affect behavior directly, and I’m grateful for leadership at PG&E and their willingness to financially support this effort.

Sam Liccardo, Mayor of San José