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SDG&E Offers Tips To Stay Cool at Home During Hot Summer Days

Community, Customer Programs, Energy Efficiency

SAN DIEGO, Aug. 29, 2012 – With temperatures soaring recently in Southern California and more hot weather ahead, San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) is offering a variety of tips and resources for customers to keep their homes cool while saving energy.

  • Conservation: There are many ways to cool your house without using equipment that needs energy. For example, adding shade trees and awnings can help keep a home cool by blocking the sun’s rays. So will closing blinds, shades or drapes during the hottest part of the day. Weather stripping around doors and caulking around windows can help keep cool air inside, and warm air outside. Proper insulation in your home is also key; SDG&E offers rebates of $0.15 per square foot on attic and wall insulation.
  • Active cooling: Using central air-conditioning is comfortable but can be expensive. Options that can save energy and money include a whole-house fan, evaporative coolers and room air-conditioners. SDG&E even offers a $50 rebate on qualified energy-efficient room air conditioners. If you do choose to use central air-conditioning, SDG&E’s AC Quality Care ( program offers a no-cost System Assessment & Improvement ($300 value) that will help ensure your heating and cooling system is working as efficiently as possible. You may also qualify for rebates of up to $1,050 for additional services and upgrades.
  • Energy Savings Assistance Program: SDG&E’s Energy Savings Assistance Program provides free energy efficiency upgrades to income-qualified customers. If you’re on a limited income, have lost your job, or receive benefits from a public assistance program, you may qualify for the Energy Savings Assistance Program.  Upgrades may include new appliances, door and window weatherization, attic insulation and minor home repairs that seal your home from the summer heat. To see if you qualify for this program, in addition to California Alternate Rates for Energy (CARE), which is helping more than 300,000 families save up to $275 per year on their SDG&E bill, call 866-597-0597 or visit   
  • Energy-efficient home upgrades: The Energy Upgrade California program offers incentives for home improvements that can make your home more comfortable in all seasons, keep temperature and humidity consistent throughout your home, and even improve your home’s air quality. Incentives range from $1,000 to $4,000. Visit to learn how to get started with a participating contractor who can perform a comprehensive assessment, help you choose which upgrades are best, and help you apply for rebates, incentives and available financing.

More information on programs and tips to save energy and money at home this summer is available at or by contacting the SDG&E Energy Savings Center at 800-644-6133 or [email protected].

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 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.  


SDG&E Offers Power Line Safety Reminder

Electric, Safety

SAN DIEGO, Aug. 27, 2012 – San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) is reminding customers of the importance of power line safety.  Last week in Los Angeles, two good Samaritans were electrocuted when they came in contact with water that was electrically charged by a downed power line.  According to news reports, a woman was trying to help pull a driver from a car accident when she stepped into the charged water and was electrocuted. A second victim was also electrocuted when they tried to rescue her from the scene.

“This was a horrific chain of events and this tragedy is a reminder that you should never touch or approach a downed power line or its surroundings,” said David L. Geier, vice president of electric operations for SDG&E. “The safety of our community is our number one priority and we advise our customers to always assume that any power line is ‘live’ and electricity is flowing through it.” 

The company warns that electricity travels from a high voltage level to a low voltage location, which could be the ground or its surroundings.  If a person touches a power line with their body or an object that can conduct electricity, the person and/or object becomes the path for the electricity to travel through to the ground.  Such an incident can result in severe injury or death.

“If you encounter a downed power line, stay away from it and never touch the line or anyone or thing in contact with it,” added Geier.  “Remain calm and immediately call 9-1-1 or SDG&E.”

Fallen electric lines are extremely dangerous.  Report any downed lines to 9-1-1 and SDG&E immediately at 1-800-611-SDGE (7343).  In an incident involving electric power lines, SDG&E offers the following guidelines:

Down or Broken Power Lines

If a person or piece of equipment comes in contact with an energized power line, or if a power line has fallen to the ground:

  • Stay clear of the line and do not touch it.
  • Call 9-1-1.  Ask for the police department, fire department rescue service or SDG&E.
  • Always assume that power lines are energized.  If a person has come into contact with a power line, don’t touch the person or any equipment involved. The line may be still energized and could be extremely dangerous.
  • Freeing a person or animal from energized power lines or equipment should only be attempted by a qualified electrical worker.

If a Vehicle is Involved

If a vehicle is involved and you are in it:

  • Sit calmly until help arrives.
  • Warn others not to touch the vehicle and direct them to call 9-1-1.
  • If the vehicle is on fire and you must leave it, open the door or window and jump clear without touching the vehicle and the ground at the same time. Do not allow yourself to become a path of electricity from the vehicle to the ground.
  • Be careful not to fall back against the vehicle and to avoid any wires on the ground.

Overhead Electric Lines Safety Tips

When you are working around electric overhead lines, follow these rules:

  • Watch where you are going.
  • Stay clear of the power line and never touch it.
  • Keep all machinery, equipment, and materials such as scaffolding tools, boat masts, fruit-picking poles, antennas, satellite dishes, pool skimmers handles, metal ladders, etc., and people at least 10 feet away from the lines. If it looks like the lines will be in your way, call SDG&E at 1-800-411-SDGE (7343).  Depending on the nature of your job, SDG&E might be able to turn off the electricity, cover the lines, or even move them temporarily while you complete your work.
  • Do not remove anything caught in electric lines, not even an animal. Instead, call SDG&E immediately.

Underground Electric Lines Safety Tips

  • Hazards you don’t see, like underground electric lines, are easy to ignore or forget. Digging, drilling or blasting can damage these underground lines and cause injury, electrocution or fire.  To avoid an accident, call SDG&E’s Underground Alert Service at 1-800-227-2600. SDG&E will send someone to your site for free to show you exactly where our lines are buried.
  • If you see an open SDG&E transformer or other piece of equipment, call SDG&E at 1-800-411-SDGE (7343) and we will investigate.  Do not touch the equipment as this could lead to injury or death.

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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 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. 



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