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Utility bills are changing

Last summer, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) approved a new electric rate structure that's being phased in through 2020.

The goal of this rate structure is to make electric rates easier to understand, as well as establish more equitable and transparent energy pricing.

What’s changing this year?

Here are changes to your electric bill that are happening this year:



The three-tier structure has been transitioned to two tiers.


The discount for the California Alternate Rates for Energy (CARE) program is transitioning from 41% in 2016 to 35% by 2020.


Baseline allowances will be adjusted to meet state requirements. If you receive natural gas and electric service it will be a one-time reduction. If you have all-electric service the reduction will take place over five years.

Electric rates can be confusing. For a simplified look at what makes up electric rates – including tiers and baseline – check out Understanding Rates.

How this affects your electric bill

Changes to your electric bill will depend on your energy use,
where you live and whether you’re enrolled in CARE.

Low-energy users

People who use lower amounts of electricity (about 75% of households) may see a
$1 to $7 per month increase.

High-energy users

People who use higher amounts of electricity (about 25% of households) may see a decrease of $5 or more.


CARE customers may see a $1 to $5 per month increase.

*Firgures provided for illustrative purposes. Actual changes to your bill may vary.

Manage your energy bill

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Try our new website, MyPlan, where you can get customized suggestions to help you manage your energy use by answering a few questions. Go to My Plan now.

Tips and programs to save on your bill

Use these tips


Sign up for My Account

You’ll be able to do much more than just pay your bill online, you can: Get an "at-a-glance" view of your energy use and analyze your energy. You can also get a personalized action plan to manage your energy costs. Sign up now


Replace regular bulbs with CFLs or LEDs

Lighting can be up to 20% of your home’s energy use. Compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) or LEDs provide the same amount of light as incandescent bulbs using less energy. CFLs use up to 75 percent less energy than incandescents, can last up to 10 times longer and can save you up to $500 a year. More information


Use a power strip

Save up to $300 a year by using smart strips and unplugging items not in use. Many appliances are still drawing power, even when switched off. Using power strips or unplugging things like DVRs, sound systems, game consoles and flat screen TVs can save on your bill. More information


Adjust your thermostat

Set your thermostat to 78°F for summer AC and 68°F for winter heat if your health permits. For every 2 degrees you turn down your thermostat in winter or up in summer, you can reduce costs by up to $200 a year. More information


Lower your water temperature

A 20°F reduction can save you over $80 a year. For most uses, a water heater temperature of 120° F works fine. More information


Use an energy efficient, variable speed pool pump...

to save up to $500 a year on your pool’s energy costs. For additional savings, SDG&E® offers a $200 rebate on select models. Try to limit filtering to between 4 and no more than 6 hours. If you heat your pool, make sure it’s covered to keep the warmth where it belongs. Qualifying pool pumps


Try cold water wash

Save up to $42 per year on electric water heating costs by washing with cold water. Save even more with a $50 rebate on select washing machines and a $100 rebate on select water heaters. More information


Save up to 50% on outdoor lighting

Reduce outdoor lighting costs by up to 50% with a motion sensor. Just one 150 watt outdoor security floodlight can cost up to $125 a year. A string of six low voltage landscape lights can cost more than $90 a year. Use a timer to turn these lights off after bedtime to save while you’re asleep. More information


Buy energy-efficient appliances

Save up to $80 a year on energy costs by choosing ENERGY STAR® appliances, such as a refrigerator. Increase your savings with $50 SDG&E rebates on select appliances. Recycle your old, working refrigerator with SDG&E for $35 and free pick-up. View our Buyers Guide


Seal and insulate your home

You could lower your heating and cooling bill over $250 per year by having proper insulation, a time-tested step that can help save energy year-round. A rebate of $0.15 per square foot is available from sdge.com/rebates.

Sign up for these programs

You can use our programs and solutions to help you save on your energy bill:

Level Pay Plan: You pay about the same amount each month based on your projected usage.

Energy Management Tool: Get an overview of your energy use and get a personalized action plan for savings.

Energy-saving videos: Short energy-saving videos for ways to save energy and money at home.

Assistance Programs: Monthly discounts on energy bills for income-qualified households.

More information


For more information, including a timeline and details about the CPUC decision,
check out Rate Reform Background Information.