October 2018 Residential Messaging from SDG&E®

Article 1: Stay informed of emergencies in your neighborhood
Changing weather conditions are putting our region at risk for wildfires. We’ve made significant investments to protect our communities, but there are times during extreme weather when we may have to turn off the power for public safety.

If there’s a fire, sometimes fire officials or other agencies also ask us to cut power to keep the community and/or their crews safe. Whatever the circumstances, we’ll make every effort to communicate with you in advance. And please know that turning off power in the interest of safety isn’t a decision we take lightly. It’s a last resort during extreme situations.

Stay informed by making sure your contact information is up-to-date:

  • Go to My Account (sdge.com/myaccount) and log in
  • Click on ‘Manage My Account’ and update your contact information, including email address

You can also sign up for outage notifications in My Account:

  • Click on the ‘Alerts and Subscriptions’ tab
  • Select ‘Outage Notifications’ from the drop-down menu
  • From there, choose the way you want to stay informed (email, text and phone)

Article 2: Don’t toy with your safety 
When playing outdoors, please remind your friends and loved ones to always keep a safe distance from power lines (both overhead and underground), transformers, substations and all other electrical equipment.

Remind children that flying drones and operating remote-controlled toys can be fun, but accidentally making contact with power lines, or other electric equipment, can be dangerous.

Here are a few tips to keep in mind:

  • Stay away from power lines, pad-mounted transformers and other electrical boxes
  • Don’t touch or go near downed power lines
  • Never fly drones, kites or other remote-controlled toys near power lines
  • Never climb trees near power lines
  • Always call 8-1-1 before you dig to have underground utility lines located

Article 3: Looking for ways to lower your energy bill?
Here are five fast tips on how to reduce your energy use at home and keep a few bucks in your pocket.

  1. Save heat-producing chores, like doing laundry or running your dishwasher, to do before 4pm or after 9pm.
  2. Now and then, find activities to do in cool places during the peak energy hours of 4pm to 9pm. Leaving the house to go swimming or to visit the library can be a great way to cool off and save energy. Find a Cool Zone at sdge.com/coolzones
  3. Check your air conditioner’s filter every 1 to 2 months. Dirty filters cause your system to work harder to keep you cool, wasting energy. Set a reminder on your phone.
  4. Dry clothes faster. Put a tennis ball or a clean, dry towel in your clothes dryer to reduce drying time and energy usage.
  5. Use hot water sparingly. To reduce hot water heating costs, use less hot water for showers, shaving, and doing dishes, especially from 4pm to 9pm.

Learn more ways to save energy at sdge.com/summer.

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