Summer Savings for your Business
The summer heat is beginning to rise, and your electric bill might follow right along with it. We want to make sure your prepared whether your business is on an event day plan or can lower your energy consumption this summer, we have a program or solution for you.
Manage Your Energy Bill with the Right Pricing Plan
We're invested in the success of your business as much as you are and being on the right pricing plan can make a big difference in your bottom line. If your business is on a pricing plan with event days make sure you know the on-peak and event day hours so you can plan and be prepared when and activation is called. Whether you are a startup or an established business, we have a plan that fits your needs. Make sure that your business is on the right pricing plan by checking out these step-by-step instructions on how to choose a pricing plan that keeps energy costs under control.
Demand Response Programs
Summer just got cool
Rising summer temperatures mean many will be turning to air conditioning. This puts a lot of strain on the electric grid. If your business is able, reduce energy consumption during times of high demand--and you'll get rewarded, too!
By participating in a Demand Response Program, you're helping keep the power grid reliable for all Californians, avoid power outages, even lower greenhouse emissions. Summer is hot. Do something cool for your community and the environment. The extra savings on your bill won’t hurt, either.
Purchase an approved smart thermostat and sign up for our Smart Thermostat Program. We’ll give you $50 off the thermostat for allowing us to remotely adjust your settings when energy conservation is needed. This can be applied up to four thermostats per business.
By participating in the AC Saver Program, we install an AC Saver device on your air conditioning unit. When energy conservation is needed, we activate the device to cycle your air on and off. You get an annual bill credit based on the total amount cycled during the year.
The Technology Incentives Program provides qualifying businesses with an incentive to purchase and install fully automated energy management systems at their facilities. This can help your business save money all year!
The Base Interruptible Program provides a monthly bill credit to businesses that commit to reducing their energy consumption to a predetermined level when energy demand is high and supply is low or during an emergency situation.
Sign up for a Demand Response Program with SDG&E or choose to participate with a third-party provider.
Third-Party Demand Response Providers
Demand Response Electric Rule 32
Electric Rule 32 gives you the option to participate in demand response programs offered by third-party Demand Response Providers.
Third Party Demand Response Providers Under Rule 32
CPower is a demand-side energy management service provider who creates value through financial rewards for the customer and reliability for the grid. They provide custom solutions that helps customers save on energy costs, earn revenue through energy curtailment, support grid reliability and achieve sustainability goals. CPower has experience in serving customers across numerous industries including commercial, industrial, government, healthcare and education.
Save energy. Get paid. Join OhmConnect’s free service to earn weekly payments for saving energy. Receive text or email notifications when it’s time to save, and connect smart devices to fully automate your OhmConnect experience.
Provider Type: Commercial/Residential
Stem’s unique artificial intelligence for energy storage, Athena™, delivers the benefits of DR without disruption by automatically responding to events and shifting energy use away from the most expensive times. As a member of Stem’s network—the world’s largest—achieve real-time energy optimization with guaranteed cost savings, rewards for grid support, and no capital outlay.
Provider Type: Commercial
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Sun, Sand and Savings 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. You can also subscribe to email and text alerts to help you stay on top of your energy use and costs.
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.
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:
- Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) and Direct Access (DA) customers. The LPP amount for UDC billed CCA and DA customers is calculated using both the customers’ UDC and CCA charges.
- 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.
Demand Response FAQs
When a call for energy conservation is issued, it can trigger one or many different incentive programs, depending on how much energy conservation is needed to stabilize the grid. Typically when larger conservation is needed, events called Reduce Your Days or Critical Peak Pricing Days are called. Reduce Your Use days effect customers on TOU-Plus rates or those who participate in certain residential incentive programs. Critical Peak Pricing days effect customers on a CPP-D rates or those who participate in certain business incentive programs.
Flex Alerts are a statewide call for energy conservation and are issued by the California Independent System Operator (ISO). The ISO is a nonprofit, public benefit corporation that manages the flow of electricity across the high-voltage, long-distance power lines that make up 80 percent of California’s and a small part of Nevada’s power grid. Flex Alerts can be triggered by heat waves, when power use outstrips electricity supply, unplanned power plant outages, or during fires that cause transmission line overloads, losses or limitations. Flex Alerts are posted on the ISO website, social media, sent by email and text to consumers who sign up for notifications, and the media is notified.
When a Reduce Your Use Day is called there is a need for energy conservation just within our territory. Customers who have volunteered to reduce or shift electricity use on certain days can receive financial incentives for meeting "program specific" Reduce Your Use criteria. If the criteria is not met, there are penalties.
Make sure the right person at your business is signed up to receive notifications and alerts from SDG&E when event days occur. You can sign up for event notifications by logging into My Account and clicking on "Alerts and Subscriptions". SDG&E’s home page also contains notifications indicating which program's Event Days have been activated.
Auto Demand Response is technology enabled equipment and controls that can help streamline energy management and allow businesses to participate in a Demand Response program automatically. If you’re looking for a program that specializes in Auto Demand Response check out our Technology Incentives Program.
Demand Response is a call for conservation by SDG&E and can provide financial incentives to those customers who volunteer) to reduce or shift electricity use during peak periods in response to time-based rates and can provide a financial incentive for doing so.