Make a Power Save this Summer
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Demand on SDG&E's power grid is usually the highest between the hours of 4:00 PM - 9:00 PM. If you can use less energy between these hours, with a little planning and some simple adjustments, you can make better use of cleaner, renewable energy sources when it's more abundant. That's good for California's power grid and for you. If you're on a Time-of-Use plan, you can save by shifting some energy use outside the hours when demand for energy drives up the cost.
Take their quick 5-minute Home Energy Survey on sdge.com/survey to see where your electricity is going and get a plan to help you save. Even little changes can make a difference! For more energy and money-saving tips please visit sdge.com/summer.
If you own a business, make sure you're prepared and learn about SDG&E's programs and pricing plans to help you save money during the rising summer heat.
Here are some tips to help you manage your energy use when temperatures rise:
Know the details of your business's energy pricing plan. Remember, your monthly bill is based not only on how much energy your business uses but when you use it. Compare SDG&E pricing plans on sdge.com/business-summer.
Use fans. Fans can help your business maintain a comfortable temperature. Moving air can make higher temperatures and humidity feel more comfortable and reduce the need for air condition. When the temperature outside feels more comfortable than inside, use a box fan in the window or a whole facility fan in the attic to pull in the comfortable air.
Ensure efficient cooling. Cooling costs account for 40% of energy costs for commercial buildings. Regular maintenance on your HVAC based on the manufacturer's recommendations can help you save.
Monitors and computers are two culprits that continue to draw power even when they are switched off. Prevent "phantom" loads by using a power strip to cut power.
If you're a small or medium business and an SDG&E customer, you may qualify for customized business solutions that can help you reduce your energy costs and save money. Find out more on sdge.com/business-summer.