Winter savings tips for your business
This winter don’t let the cold sneak up on your energy bill. We’re here for you with energy-saving programs and tips to help keep your business’s energy costs low – and that makes all the difference for your bottom line.
Manage Your Energy Bill with the Right Pricing Plan
We're invested in the success of our SDG&E business customers. As seasons change, so can your energy use, and being on the right pricing plan can make a big difference in your bottom line. Can you shift your energy use, or do you own an electric vehicle? If your business is on a pricing plan with event days, make sure you know the on-peak and event day hours. Whether you are a startup or an established business, we have a plan that fits your needs.
Demand Response Programs
Lower temperatures mean many will be turning to heating devices. This puts a lot of strain on the electric grid. By participating in a Demand Response Program, you're helping keep the power grid reliable for all Californians, avoid power outages and the construction of new power plants, even lower greenhouse emissions. You can get rewarded, too!
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
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Adjust your thermostat
When you’re in the office, set your thermostat as low as is comfortable. At night or when you’re out, turn it back up 10-15 degrees to save about 10% a year.
Upgrade your lighting
Using LED lighting could help your business save year-round, especially if you’re decorating the office for the holidays. Occupancy sensors can also help you optimize your energy use in areas without much traffic.
Switch off or power down your electronic devices on unused equipment when not in use. Turning off one computer and monitor nightly and on weekends can save up to $80 a year – savings like these could really add up!
Weatherize your business
Weather strip and caulk drafty doors and windows to keep in the heat when you need it most. Insulating your business can also help keep the heat or cool air in year-round.
Tune your HVAC
Just as a tune-up for your car can improve your gas mileage, a yearly tune-up of your heating and cooling system can improve efficiency and comfort.
Maintain and repair
The winter season can be a great time to get to all those “energy-leaks” fixed or upgrade your facilities to be more energy-efficient.
Get Bill Alerts
Keep track of your energy use and costs by signing up for email or text alerts.
Outages and Gas Leaks
Know when there's an outage, gas leak or emergency near you by signing up for alerts.
Billing and Account Updates
Avoid surprises on your bills by tracking your usage and setting up a spending goal.
Safety should come first every season. Here are some helpful safety tips for your business. Visit our safety page for more business-safety tips and information on everything from gas safety, powerline safety and more.
Install a carbon monoxide detector in your home, check the battery annually and replace the detector every five years to ensure it's working.
Prevent a fire
Keep electric heaters a safe distance from furniture, blankets and other objects which might catch fire.
Don't overload outlets
When lighting for the holidays, always replace damaged light cords and broken sockets, instead of trying to repair them and try not to overload electrical outlets.
Watch out for hidden damage
Keep electrical cords away from heat sources, pedestrian traffic, and do not place them under rugs or mats where damage can go unnoticed.