Summertime can be saving time
Although we can’t control the weather, we can help you plan and prepare for higher energy bills as we head into what is expected to be another hot summer. Use the information below to improve your business's summer energy usage without breaking a sweat, and the bank.
Your energy costs are based not only on how much electricity you use, but also when you use it. As the weather changes and extreme heat rolls in, arm yourself with knowledge of the on-peak hours and event-day hours (if you participate) to plan and prepare for high energy bills. You don’t have to go at it alone. We’ve developed programs to help you save. Login to My Account today to compare all of your available pricing plans and make sure you are on the plan that best fits your needs.
Save Energy and Money this Summer
Simple money-saving steps can lower monthly electric bills without jeopardizing safety or comfort. Find more opportunities to save by logging into My Account to view your energy use and see how and when you’re using energy so you can make adjustments.
Save on cooling
Cooling (and heating) makes up about 40% of the energy used in commercial buildings. To keep your HVAC system running efficiently, follow the recommended maintenance schedule. Clean condenser coils, replace air filters, and check ducts and pipe insulation for damage.
Save on lighting
Use motion detectors to control lighting in frequently unoccupied areas and photocells to turn lights off automatically when enough daylight is detected. Increase your savings even more by installing energy-efficient products, such as LEDs.
Turn off office equipment, including monitors and printers, along with lights. Consider upgrading to ENERGY STAR models that shut down or hibernate after inactivity.
Programs and solutions to stay cool and lower your energy bill
Shift to save
If you are on an event-based plan, the cost of electricity is the highest on an Event Day between the hours of 2 P.M. to 6 P.M. If you can’t shift your use, consider switching to another plan in My Account that might be better for your business.
We install an AC Saver device on your HVAC unit and when conservation is needed, we activate the device to cycle your air. You get an annual credit on your bill based on the amount cycled.
The program provides qualifying businesses with an incentive to purchase and install fully automated energy management systems at their facilities. This can help you save money 365 days a year.
Hotter summer temperatures can drive up energy use, and when combined with summer pricing our customers can experience higher than normal bills during this time.
During the summer there is also a greater risk for a “Reduce Your Use” Event Day to be called. Event Days happen when the demand for energy spikes across the state, and we ask customers to conserve energy if they are on a participating pricing plan. On Event Days, a surcharge is in effect from 2pm to 6pm significantly increasing the price of electricity. Combined with on-peak Time-of-Use pricing between 4pm and 9pm, this means businesses who do not conserve on Event Days may receive bills up to 400% higher than average.
A helpful starting point is for customers to log into or sign up for My Account. SDG&E offers various pricing plan options to give customers more choice and control over their energy use and maximize savings. My Account allows you to compare pricing plans side-by-side to find the one which fits your business’s needs.
Within My Account, customers can also enroll in text or email alerts and be notified in advance of a Reduce-Your-Use Event Day. Also, customers can elect to receive weekly energy use summaries to stay on top of their bill.
For customers on a Time-of-Use (TOU) or Critical Peak Pricing (CPP) plans, managing energy use during peak hours is also important. The highest energy costs occur during the hours of 4pm and 9pm when the demand for energy is highest throughout the state. SDG&E may also call a Reduce-Your-Use Event Day adding a surcharge to energy used during the hours of 2pm and 6pm. It is critical to be mindful of when you use energy most.
Lastly, there are no-cost actions businesses can take to help reduce their energy use. For example:
- Communicate with your employees to be mindful of their energy use
- On Event Days, pre-cool your buildings in the early morning hours before 2pm
- Turn off or set office equipment to power down when not in use
- Turn off lights or exhaust fans in unoccupied areas that are not necessary for security or safety
- Seal off unused areas and reduce or eliminate heating or cooling in these spaces
- At the end of the day, turn off all energy-consuming devices (lights, kitchen equipment, computers, monitors, printers, copiers, etc.)
- Consider shifting work schedules for employees. Some manufacturing and industrial companies have shifted their schedules to 6am to 3pm
Level Pay is a program which averages out your bill and allows you to budget more easily.
Customers eligible for the Level Pay Program (LPP) service are:
- UDC, ESP, and Dual-Billed Direct Access customers. The LPP amount for direct access and CCA customers is calculated using only the customers’ UDC charges. Commodity charges are not included in the LPP billed amount.
- Commercial electric customers with maximum monthly demand < 500kW per month
- Commercial gas customer using < 250,000 therms of gas per year, who are not Core Aggregation Transportation (CAT) customers.
- GT or DT (Mobile Home Parks)
Note: Co-Generation accounts are not eligible for LPP
Net Energy Metering (NEM) customers are not eligible for Level Pay.
Per state law, SDG&E does not profit off the sale of electricity to our customers. The electricity we purchase for our customers is directly passed through onto customer bills.