SDG&E Offers Tips To Save Energy & Reduce Bills During Hot Weather
Jul 24, 2014
SAN DIEGO, July 24, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- With hot summer weather arriving in San Diego this week, San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) is offering tips for residential and business customers to save energy and money now and throughout the summer.
Increased energy use causes higher bills. Air-conditioning use typically increases when temperatures go up, and coupled with the rising cost of energy, some customers may see an increase in their upcoming utility bills. SDG&E offers a variety of tips, resources and solutions to help both residential and business customers find smart ways to reduce their energy use now to avoid being surprised by high bills.
"A key focus at SDG&E is to help provide the tools and resources to our customers and empower them to make smart energy decisions best suited for their home or their business," said Caroline Winn, SDG&E's vice president of customer services. "SDG&E has developed technology with a variety of customer tools that will be key to helping customers save energy, especially this summer."
SDG&E customers can take advantage of several tools and programs to help gain control of their energy use and find the best ways to save. With smart technology, customers no longer have to wait for their bill each month to find out how much energy they're using. Instead, today customers can take an active role in reducing their use through the following options:
Energy-saving tips for residential customers:
Energy-saving tips for business customers:
Since 2012, SDG&E residential customers have been able to earn a bill credit for saving energy on specific days through Reduce Your Use Rewards. These Reduce Your Use days may be called on hot summer days when energy demand is high. This year, customers must sign up to receive Reduce Your Use email, text, or, new for 2014, voice alerts in order to participate and receive a bill credit. Visit sdge.com/reduceuse for information on how to sign up for alerts.
SDG&E also recently launched the Reduce Your Use Thermostat program that provides programmable communicating thermostats to eligible business and residential customers free of charge, and enables customers with the thermostats to receive a higher bill credit on Reduce Your Use Rewards days. The connected thermostats, either through Wi-Fi or connected to customers' smart meters, are able to receive a signal directly from SDG&E on Reduce Your Use Rewards days.
Visit sdge.com/save-money for more information on ways to save money every day or call Energy Savings Center at 800-644-6133 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, to talk to an energy service specialist.
SDG&E is a regulated public utility that provides safe and reliable energy service to 3.4 million consumers through 1.4 million electric meters and 861,000 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. Connect with SDG&E's Customer Contact Center at 800-411-7343, on Twitter (@SDGE) and Facebook.
SOURCE San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E)
For further information: Erin Coller, San Diego Gas & Electric, 877-866-2066, sdge.com, Twitter: @sdge