September 2021 Residential Messaging from SDG&E®


Temperatures are still rising, but your energy bills shouldn’t. Here are a few tips to help reduce your energy use, stay cool and lower your utility bill.  

  1. Are you on the right pricing plan for your lifestyle? Being on the best pricing plan can add up to real savings on your energy bill, especially if you can shift your energy use to before 4 p.m. or after 9 p.m. Learn more at
  2. Turn off fans when you leave the room. Remember that fans cool people, not rooms.  
  3. While the air conditioning is on, run a ceiling fan too. You can raise the thermostat 4°F while maintaining the same comfort level.  
  4. When it cools off at night, turn off your A/C and open your windows. In the morning, shut the windows and blinds to capture the cool air.  
  5. Place lamps or TV sets away from your air-conditioning thermostat. It senses heat from these appliances, which can cause the air conditioner to run longer than necessary.  
  6. One way to avoid using energy at home is to enjoy being out in the community. On hot afternoons, consider going someplace cooler like the beach, an indoor shopping mall, movie theater or library. Find a Cool Zone near you at  
  7. Wash with cold water. Using warm water instead of hot can cut a load’s energy use in half; using cold water will save even more. As an added bonus, cold water helps your clothes last longer.
  8. Save energy while you sleep. Recharge your electronic devices while you do the same so your devices will be fully charged when you wake up.
  9. There’s nothing better than walking into a chilled home. Keep it cool by turning your A/C on in the morning and turning it off at 4 p.m. to take advantage of off-peak pricing.
  10.  By setting your thermostat to 78° or higher (health permitting) between 4 p.m. – 9 p.m., you’ll join fellow Californians in saving money and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

For more home energy-saving tips, visit

Article 2: Medical needs? Here’s your prescription for savings.  

Certain medical needs may qualify you or someone in your home for savings every month on your gas and electric bill. Apply for the Medical Baseline Allowance program if you need to use more energy due to a qualifying medical condition or to prevent an existing condition from getting worse. Examples include:

A requirement for permanent space heating or cooling due to paraplegia, quadriplegia, hemiplegia, multiple sclerosis, scleroderma, a compromised immune system or a life-threatening illness.  

Required use of a life-support device, such as an aerosol tent, apnea monitor, kidney dialysis machine, motorized wheelchair or respirator (devices used for therapy don’t qualify; only medical devices that sustain life or are needed for mobility).

To get a Medical Baseline Allowance application and more information, visit Eligibility requirements include having a physician sign your application to certify the medical need.

Article 2 translated: ¿Hay necesidades médicas? Obtenga esta receta para ahorrar.

Ciertas necesidades médicas pueden hacer que usted o alguien que vive en su casa cumpla con los requisitos para ahorrar cada mes en su factura de gas y electricidad. Solicite el programa de Asignación Médica Inicial si necesita consumir más energía debido a una enfermedad que cumpla con las condiciones o para evitar que una condición existente empeore. Por ejemplo:

Requerir calefacción o aire acondicionado ambiental permanente debido a paraplejia, tetraplejia, hemiplejia, esclerosis múltiple, esclerodermia, un sistema inmunitario afectado o una enfermedad potencialmente mortal.

Requerir el uso de un dispositivo de soporte vital, como una tienda de nebulización, monitor de apnea, máquina para diálisis del riñón, silla de ruedas motorizada o respirador (los dispositivos usados para terapia no cumplen con los requisitos; únicamente dispositivos médicos que sustenten la vida o se necesiten para movilidad).

Para obtener un formulario de solicitud para el programa de Asignación Médica Inicialy más información, visite Los requisitos para tener derecho a participar incluyen el que un médico firme su solicitud para certificar la necesidad médica.


Emergencies come in many forms such as wildfires, storms, earthquakes or floods. There’s no better time to prepare for an emergency than right now. Every family is different, but here are some tips and resources to help you plan and stay safe should an emergency happen.   

  1. Develop an emergency plan. Identify a place to meet with family, safe routes and shelters, as well as what actions you will take. Discuss and practice the plan with your family, including your children and pets. 
  2. Prepare an emergency kit for at least three days. Keep essentials on hand like water (one gallon per person per day), a first aid kit, flashlight, canned goods, medicine, clothes and cash. Stock your kit with items you and your family need, including those with a disability, seniors and your pets. Store supplies in easy-to-carry containers such as backpacks or plastic crates. For ideas, visit these checklists at
  3. Help your neighbors. Being a good neighbor takes more than sharing the occasional cup of sugar or hosting a potluck. It’s important to help our neighbors during emergencies, especially those who are vulnerable, elderly or disabled.  

For more emergency checklists and evacuation plans, visit

Update your SDG&E contact information 

Whatever the circumstances, SDG&E will make every effort to communicate with you during emergencies. Go to to sign in. From the My Account homepage, click on your profile name in the top right-hand corner, then select “My Profile.”  

Sign-up for outage notifications 

Get notified when there is an outage in your area. Sign into From the My Account Home Page, click on your profile name in the top right-hand corner, then select “Notification Settings.” 


You may qualify for a bill discount or home improvements. SDG&E’s assistance programs can help you lower your energy use and/or monthly energy bill while keeping your home comfortable.

California Alternate Rates for Energy (CARE) Program: Save 30% or more every month on your energy bill. Find out if you qualify at

Family Electric Rate Assistance (FERA) Program: If you don’t qualify for CARE and your household has 3 or more people, you may qualify for FERA. You could receive an 18% discount on your electric bill. Visit for more information.

Energy Savings Assistance (ESA) Program: You may qualify to receive no-cost, energy-saving improvements for your home, such as new appliances, furnace repair, lighting, insulation and more. Find details at

Online applications are easy, fast and convenient. To learn more about SDG&E’s assistance programs, visit

Article 4 (translated): ¿Necesita ayuda con su FACTURA de energía?  

Usted puede calificar para un descuento en su factura o mejoras en el hogar. Los programas de asistencia de SDG&E ayudan a reducir su factura mensual de energía mientras mantiene su hogar cómodo.

Programa de Tarifas Alternativas de Energía de California (CARE, por sus siglas en inglés): Ahorre un 30% o más cada mes en su factura. Averigüe si califica en

Programa de Asistencia de Tarifa Eléctrica Familiar (FERA, por sus siglas en inglés): Si no califica para el programa de CARE y su hogar tiene 3 o más personas, puede calificar para FERA. Podría recibir un 18% de descuento en su factura de electricidad. Visite para obtener más información.

Programa de Asistencia para el Ahorro de Energía (ESA, por sus siglas en inglés): Puede calificar para recibir mejoras gratuitas para el ahorro de energía en su hogar, tales como electrodomésticos nuevos, reparación de hornos, iluminación, aislamiento y más. Encuentre los detalles en

Las aplicaciones en línea son fáciles, rápidas y convenientes. Para obtener más información, visite


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