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).
Finalizing projects around your home before family, friends and loved ones arrive for the holidays? Know where major utility lines lie and what steps to take if a gas leak were to occur. Keep your family and loved ones safe this holiday season!
The holidays are all about doing a little something extra for someone. If you’d like to lend a hand and show someone you care before, during and after the holidays, be sure to let them know about some money and energy savings programs that SDG&E offers its customers year ‘round.
With Daylight Savings Time ending, lighting your home earlier in the evening can increase your energy use and cost. This November, plan ahead to make the holiday season brighter, safer & more affordable.
Make the Season Bright
Did you know? One of the easiest ways to lower your electricity use is to switch to energy-efficient lighting like LEDs.
Here are four (4) reasons to make the switch to light-emitting diodes (LEDs):
1. Are less likely to break because they have no moving parts, filaments or glass
2. Reduce fire risk because they remain cool to the touch
3. Can last up to 10 times longer so you save on replacement costs
4. Use up to 90% less electricity to produce the same amount of light as incandescent light bulbs and strands.
This October, take some time to make safety top of mind by creating your POWER plan. San Diego Gas & Electric’s (SDG&E’s) safety tips and solutions will not only help you be better prepared in the event of an emergency, they may also save you some money on your energy bill!
Here are some tools to consider when putting together your power plan:
Are you keeping up with your energy conservation goals? Keep track of your energy use and costs with email or text alerts from SDG&E - these alerts give you information about your account, bill, energy use, and more!
Alerts You Can Receive
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 of this information plus energy saving tips.
According to a state report, there could be a need for greater than normal energy conservation across Southern California on as many as 14 days this summer, mostly in the Los Angeles area. Since the power grid is interconnected throughout the state, SDG&E customers may be asked to help by reducing their energy use. Sign up to get an alert when conservation is needed. Review your information and sign up for alerts at sdge.com/myaccount .
Looking for other ways to conserve and earn energy savings?
CAUTION: It’s going to be a HOT weekend San Diego! With potentially recording breaking heat expected this weekend, please plan ahead so you don’t lose your cool! Stay hydrated and visit one of the 117 cool zone locations throughout our county. Find the location closest to you by using SDG&E’s interactive map http://www.sdge.com/tools/summer/coolzones. Cool Zones are open from June 23, 2016 until October 31, 2016.
A reminder for San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) customers: the transition to a new electric rate structure that began last September enters the next phase in July 2016. How these changes affect your electric bill will depend on your energy use, where you live and whether you’re enrolled in a bill discount program like California Alternate Rates for Energy (CARE). To read more about how these changes will impact your bill, please visit: http://www.sdge.com/RateReform/.
When temperatures rise, so does the energy use in our region. Beat the heat and the chance of higher energy bills by conserving energy & water, going to a Cool Zone near you, and applying online to see if you qualify for a 35% discount on your SDG&E bill.