The first two weeks in August were the hottest on record with an average temperature of 86.5 degrees — a full 10 degrees higher than the average high. This extreme heat that we’ve all been experiencing has many of us using more energy than normal as we look for relief. The increased energy use combined with higher summer pricing has resulted in our bills being higher than normal.
Want to stay in-the-know about your monthly bill or energy spending? Enroll in our alerts via email or text. To participate, you’ll need an online account. Learn more at sdge.com/alerts. There are 4 types of alerts you can subscribe to. Choose one or choose them all!
Article 1: Save energy at home this summer
We understand that no one likes higher-than-expected energy bills. Here are some tips to reduce your energy use during the warmer months – without sacrificing your family’s comfort.
Article 1: Saving energy – and money – in your home
The wonderful thing about saving energy is that, in addition to helping the environment, you save money. It’s like contributing to a good cause and ending up with more money in your pocket. Many energy-saving upgrades increase the comfort, convenience, and aesthetics of your home.
Reap financial rewards when you buy energy-efficient appliances and boos your overall home efficiency with SDG&E rebates. Right now, there are instant in-store rebates for qualifying energy-efficient clothes washers ($25), electric heat pump water heaters ($250), gas water heaters ($100), and smart thermostats ($75 starting May 6, 2018). Learn more at sdge.com/rebates.
Article 2: Increase the performance of your heating and cooling system
Article 1: Receive free energy alerts to keep your budget on track
Watch your energy use and costs with email or text alerts from SDG&E. Energy alerts can help you set monthly spending goals, track your progress and get automated alerts to stay in control and on budget. Alerts you can sign up for include:
Your pre-set spending goal was exceeded
Your pre-set electric or gas use level was exceeded
You’ve moved into a higher-priced electric tier
A weekly energy use summary with all this information plus energy saving tips
Article 1: New pricing plans based on time of day
It’s time to start thinking about energy differently. To support the statewide commitment to reliable and sustainable energy, time of use pricing plans are now available to you. The plans are different from the current tiered option, which is based on how much energy you use. New time of use plans look at the time of day you are using energy, which allows you two ways to save – by shifting your electricity use to lower cost hours of the day or to reduce your overall usage.
During the new on-peak hours of 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., increased demand on the electric grid means a higher cost to produce and deliver electricity to you. So, by shifting your use to off-peak hours, when there is less demand, the cost of electricity is less too.
Article 1: High usage charge starts November 1
As part of California’s continued efforts to encourage people to use less energy, a new state-mandated High Usage Charge goes into effect November 1, 2017. This charge will apply to residential customers whose electricity use is more than four times the amount of their Baseline Allowance. Understanding your Baseline Allowance may help you manage your energy use to avoid this charge.
By subscribing to High Usage alerts, you'll know in advance that your usage will trigger the high-use charge. These alerts will let you know both before and when you start getting charged for high usage. You can choose to receive email or text alerts at sdge.com/alerts.
Save energy! August 31, is a Reduce Your Use Day. Please do your part to conserve energy. Sign up for alerts and conserve between 11a-6p and you may earn bill credits. Sdge.com/reduceuse
It going to be a HOT couple days San Diego. Don’t lose your cool. Visit a Cool Zone. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CoCXgweJ5CA. And remember SDG&E has programs to help those who need it most. Connect someone you know today to the 30% discount, free energy efficient home upgrades or extra energy for medical needs. Connect at sdge.com/assistance.
Article 1: You may qualify for a discount on your SDG&E bill
SDG&E offers several Assistance Programs to help lower your monthly bill while making your home more comfortable. Read more to determine if you qualify:
1. CARE: With the California Alternate Rates for Energy (CARE) Program, you can save every month on your bill. Eligibility is based on current household income or participation in certain public assistance programs and the number of people living in your home. To apply call 211 or connect at sdge.com/care.
It’s getting hot out there! With a series of warm days ahead, remember you can power down at home and still beat the heat by visiting a Cool Zone. Use SDG&E’s interactive map to find the Cool Zone nearest you. Many are open on the weekends. https://www.sdge.com/tools/summer/coolzones #espsdge #coolzones
Article 1: Make this a cool summer with a new smart thermostat
Purchase an approved smart thermostat and enroll in SDG&E's Reduce Your UseSM Rewards – and you’ll receive a $50 Visa® gift card. Plus, you can earn another $25 for each summer you participate in the Rewards program. Visit sdge.com/byot to find out if you qualify.
You can find and purchase a selection of eligible smart thermostats by visiting the SDG&E Marketplace. With this online tool, customers can compare prices, estimated energy savings, product features and popularity ratings across thousands of home appliances and electronics. Some of the products qualify for online rebates, and SDG&E Marketplace makes the rebate application process easier than ever. For more information, visit marketplace.sdge.com.
Article 1: Seasonal reminder
Electricity rates switch annually from winter to summer pricing on May 1. This may affect your bill since summer rates are often higher than winter rates. If your pricing plan is based on time of use, remember that summer peak hours start on May 1 as well. Learn more at sdge.com/my-energy-bill.
Keep track of your energy use and costs with email or text alerts. These alerts give you information about your account, bill, energy use, and more. Some types of alerts include:
Article 1: EcoChoice℠ is a cool choice
SDG&E’s EcoChoice program gives customers the option to purchase up to 100% clean, renewable energy. The program may be a good option for those who rent or don’t have the ability to adopt solar due to costs or the inability to put panels on their rooftop. With EcoChoice, there’s no upfront installation cost and you’re supporting clean, renewable energy in our community. Those who enroll will pay a small premium every month depending on their subscription level. Customers can visit our online calculator to estimate how much it will cost each month to purchase renewable energy through the program. Customers can also enroll online. For more information, visit sdge.com/ecochoice.
How would you like to support the environment and promote the growth of renewable energy in San Diego with no upfront installation costs?
If you’re someone who has wanted to make the shift to renewable energy but don't own a home or installing solar panels just didn’t pencil out, consider the benefits of enrolling in San Diego Gas & Electric’s (SDG&E) innovative new program called EcoChoice℠.
Essentially, EcoChoice℠ gives customers the option to purchase renewable energy directly from SDG&E. The program works like this: SDG&E buys renewable energy on behalf of participating EcoChoice℠ customers. The renewable energy comes from large, utility-scale generating facilities built specifically for the EcoChoice℠ program. The more renewable energy SDG&E customers buy through the EcoChoice℠ program, the more renewable generation SDG&E can build.
Do you love to save money? San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) offers a variety of tools, programs and services to help their customers do just that!
As utility rate reform continues in 2017, energy saving programs will be worth looking into for your household’s energy needs. For more information about Rate Reform, please visit: http://www.sdge.com/RateReform/
By pairing programs and services with helpful energy management tools, SDG&E can create a perfect match for your energy saving needs.
Here are two SDG&E solutions that can help you save energy and money in 2017:
With the time period for Santa Ana Winds coming to an end and cooler weather settling in, San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) is partnering with customers to promote safety during the winter season. SDG&E offers customers free safety checks to make sure home gas appliances are operating safely and efficiently. Customers are encouraged to schedule these appliance checks by visiting sdge.com or calling 800-411-SDGE (7343).