SDG&E Offers Energy-Savings Tips for the Winter Season
SAN DIEGO, Nov. 23, 2011 /PRNewswire/ --The holiday season is upon us and San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) wants to help customers become more energy-efficient this holiday season with easy tips on how to stay warm while also saving money.
"As we begin to see temperatures drop, it's a good reminder to schedule an appointment to have home furnaces inspected," said Caroline Winn, vice president of customer services for SDG&E. "Keeping all home gas appliances in good working order is essential to ensuring that they are running efficiently and safely."
As a reminder, gas appliance maintenance is always the homeowner's responsibility. However, SDG&E will perform appliance safety checks upon request. To schedule an appointment, call SDG&E at 1-800-411-SDGE (7343) or schedule an appointment online through MyAccount or by using the "Check My Appliances" link on our website.
Tips on staying warm while saving money
There are simple no cost measures customers can do to save money while staying warm this season:
Winter heating safety tips
SDG&E offers customers the following recommendations for safe and efficient operation of their natural gas appliances:
Carbon monoxide safety tips
Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless, tasteless gas that is formed when carbon-based fuels, such as kerosene, gasoline, propane, natural gas, oil, charcoal or wood, are burned with inadequate amounts of oxygen, creating a condition known as incomplete combustion. When incomplete combustion occurs, carbon monoxide is produced, and this can potentially lead to carbon monoxide poisoning to a family.
Earlier this year, the new Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Prevention Act went into effect which now requires homeowners to install carbon monoxide detectors in every California home.
The early stages of carbon-monoxide poisoning produce unexplained flu-like symptoms, such as headaches, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, shortness of breath and mental confusion. Since carbon monoxide displaces the oxygen in the blood, prolonged exposure to carbon monoxide can lead to death by asphyxiation.
Signs that may indicate the presence of carbon monoxide:
What to do if someone suspects carbon monoxide is present in their home:
For more information on operating your gas appliances safely, please visit SDG&E's website at www.sdge.com or call 1-800-411-SDGE (7343).
SDG&E is a regulated public utility that provides safe and reliable energy service to 3.5 million consumers through 1.4 million electric meters and more than 850,000 natural gas meters in San Diego and southern Orange counties. The utility's area spans 4,100 square miles. SDG&E is committed to creating ways to help customers save energy and money every day. SDG&E is a subsidiary of Sempra Energy (NYSE: SRE), a Fortune 500 energy services holding company based in San Diego.
For further information: CONTACT: Allison Zaragoza of San Diego Gas & Electric, 1-877-866-2066, www.sdge.com, Twitter: @sdge