Article 1: EcoChoice℠ is a cool choice
SDG&E’s EcoChoice program gives customers the option to purchase up to 100% clean, renewable energy. The program may be a good option for those who rent or don’t have the ability to adopt solar due to costs or the inability to put panels on their rooftop. With EcoChoice, there’s no upfront installation cost and you’re supporting clean, renewable energy in our community. Those who enroll will pay a small premium every month depending on their subscription level. Customers can visit our online calculator to estimate how much it will cost each month to purchase renewable energy through the program. Customers can also enroll online. For more information, visit sdge.com/ecochoice.
How would you like to support the environment and promote the growth of renewable energy in San Diego with no upfront installation costs?
If you’re someone who has wanted to make the shift to renewable energy but don't own a home or installing solar panels just didn’t pencil out, consider the benefits of enrolling in San Diego Gas & Electric’s (SDG&E) innovative new program called EcoChoice℠.
Essentially, EcoChoice℠ gives customers the option to purchase renewable energy directly from SDG&E. The program works like this: SDG&E buys renewable energy on behalf of participating EcoChoice℠ customers. The renewable energy comes from large, utility-scale generating facilities built specifically for the EcoChoice℠ program. The more renewable energy SDG&E customers buy through the EcoChoice℠ program, the more renewable generation SDG&E can build.
Do you love to save money? San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) offers a variety of tools, programs and services to help their customers do just that!
As utility rate reform continues in 2017, energy saving programs will be worth looking into for your household’s energy needs. For more information about Rate Reform, please visit: http://www.sdge.com/RateReform/
By pairing programs and services with helpful energy management tools, SDG&E can create a perfect match for your energy saving needs.
Here are two SDG&E solutions that can help you save energy and money in 2017:
With the time period for Santa Ana Winds coming to an end and cooler weather settling in, San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) is partnering with customers to promote safety during the winter season. SDG&E offers customers free safety checks to make sure home gas appliances are operating safely and efficiently. Customers are encouraged to schedule these appliance checks by visiting sdge.com or calling 800-411-SDGE (7343).
Finalizing projects around your home before family, friends and loved ones arrive for the holidays? Know where major utility lines lie and what steps to take if a gas leak were to occur. Keep your family and loved ones safe this holiday season!
The holidays are all about doing a little something extra for someone. If you’d like to lend a hand and show someone you care before, during and after the holidays, be sure to let them know about some money and energy savings programs that SDG&E offers its customers year ‘round.
With Daylight Savings Time ending, lighting your home earlier in the evening can increase your energy use and cost. This November, plan ahead to make the holiday season brighter, safer & more affordable.
Make the Season Bright
Did you know? One of the easiest ways to lower your electricity use is to switch to energy-efficient lighting like LEDs.
Here are four (4) reasons to make the switch to light-emitting diodes (LEDs):
1. Are less likely to break because they have no moving parts, filaments or glass
2. Reduce fire risk because they remain cool to the touch
3. Can last up to 10 times longer so you save on replacement costs
4. Use up to 90% less electricity to produce the same amount of light as incandescent light bulbs and strands.
This October, take some time to make safety top of mind by creating your POWER plan. San Diego Gas & Electric’s (SDG&E’s) safety tips and solutions will not only help you be better prepared in the event of an emergency, they may also save you some money on your energy bill!
Here are some tools to consider when putting together your power plan:
Are you keeping up with your energy conservation goals? Keep track of your energy use and costs with email or text alerts from SDG&E - these alerts give you information about your account, bill, energy use, and more!
Alerts You Can Receive
Your pre-set spending goal was exceeded.
Your pre-set electric or gas use level was exceeded.
You’ve moved into a higher-priced electric tier
A weekly energy use summary with all of this information plus energy saving tips.
According to a state report, there could be a need for greater than normal energy conservation across Southern California on as many as 14 days this summer, mostly in the Los Angeles area. Since the power grid is interconnected throughout the state, SDG&E customers may be asked to help by reducing their energy use. Sign up to get an alert when conservation is needed. Review your information and sign up for alerts at sdge.com/myaccount .
Looking for other ways to conserve and earn energy savings?
CAUTION: It’s going to be a HOT weekend San Diego! With potentially recording breaking heat expected this weekend, please plan ahead so you don’t lose your cool! Stay hydrated and visit one of the 117 cool zone locations throughout our county. Find the location closest to you by using SDG&E’s interactive map http://www.sdge.com/tools/summer/coolzones. Cool Zones are open from June 23, 2016 until October 31, 2016.
A reminder for San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) customers: the transition to a new electric rate structure that began last September enters the next phase in July 2016. How these changes affect your electric bill will depend on your energy use, where you live and whether you’re enrolled in a bill discount program like California Alternate Rates for Energy (CARE). To read more about how these changes will impact your bill, please visit: http://www.sdge.com/RateReform/.
When temperatures rise, so does the energy use in our region. Beat the heat and the chance of higher energy bills by conserving energy & water, going to a Cool Zone near you, and applying online to see if you qualify for a 35% discount on your SDG&E bill.
Not only does summertime bring changes to the weather, but on soon, SDG&E customers will see a change in how they are billed for electricity. Last year, the California Public Utilities Commission approved a new electric rate structure statewide. For SDG&E customers, this will result in a consolidation of the current 3 tier structure, down to 2 tiers. How these changes may affect a customer’s electric bill will depend on their energy use, where they live and whether they are enrolled in a bill discount program like California Alternate Rates for Energy (CARE). To read more about this statewide rate reform initiative and any changes to your SDG&E bill, please visit: http://www.sdge.com/RateReform/.
Summer is also a great time to save energy and money! Here are some solutions that can help you save money:
San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) has been letting you know about gradual changes to your electric bill. These changes are taking place as a result of statewide electric rate reform. The transition to a new electric rate structure that began last September enters the next phase later this year. Read more: http://www.sdge.com/RateReform/
How these changes affect your electric bill will depend on your energy use, where you live and whether you’re enrolled in a bill discount program like California Alternate Rates for Energy (CARE). You should also know that summer season electricity rates begin on May 1. Summertime rates are 2¢ to 3¢ higher than those in the winter, so this may affect your bill.
Coming soon, San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) customers will see changes in their bills as electric rates are consolidated from three tiers to two tiers. Why? In late 2013, California passed a law, Assembly Bill (AB) 327, to modernize the state’s energy rate structure. The goal of AB 327 was to make electric rates easier to understand, as well as establish more equitable and transparent energy pricing. Read more about why SDG&E’s rates and tiers are changing and what it means to you at: sdge.com/ratereform
Get ahead of the curve and find out how you can save energy and money by tapping into SDG&E’s energy efficiency upgrade programs and services. Whether you rent or own, you could be eligible to receive free energy-efficient home improvements that can make your home more comfortable and save you money now and for years to come!
Times are changing!! Don’t forget to set your clocks one hour ahead when Daylight Saving Time begins on March 13th. Also, SDG&E’s rates will change starting in April 1, 2016. SDG&E customers will see a new two-tier electric rate structure in their energy bills. For more information about the rate structure and what it means to you, please go to this link: sdge.com/RateReform/
This spring, SDG&E customers can go green by taking advantage of a number of tools to help manage energy use and costs such as:
Starting in September last year, San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) began to transition its customers to a new electric rate structure approved by the California Public Utilities Commission. A new three-tier electric rate structure replaced the previous four-tier structure. Starting in March 2016, these changes will continue as the new electric rate structure will be further reduced to two tiers.
“We want people to understand the changes to how they are billed and also how they can manage their energy costs.” - Caroline Winn, chief energy delivery officer at SDG&E -
SDG&E customers can take advantage of a number of tools to help manage energy costs such as:
Has the New Year sparked your resolve to save more money and energy? Use the right tools to accomplish your money and energy saving goals with SDG&E’s programs and video listed below:
Did you resolve to save money in 2016? Start now with SDG&E's CARE program – a program that offers you, or someone you know, bill discounts every month. How much of a discount? The CARE program can reduce your energy bill by up to 35%! It’s easy to see if you qualify. Just click on this link: sdge.com/care
Gas Appliance Check
Umbrella-check. Raincoat-check. Gas appliance-check? Yes! Click on the link to schedule a FREE, in-home Gas Appliance Check with San Diego Gas & Electric! sdge.com/residential/serviceorders
All you have to do is select your date, set up your appointment and provide some additional information. It’s that easy.
Once you’re done, your request is automatically scheduled. SDG&E will send you an email confirmation. After that you can track your requests or update them online. If your plans change, no problem. You can always update your request or cancel it at your convenience.
You can also schedule your appointment by calling 1-800-411-7343.