Prepare for a Demand Response Activation
On days when energy demand is high, SDG&E may activate Demand Response programs that support our local energy grid. If your business is enrolled in a Demand Response program, you can save money when you reduce and shift your energy use. Here are steps your business can take to conserve energy when a program is activated.
Before an Activation: Build an Energy-Saving Strategy
- Create a plan for how your organization, team and office will reduce and shift energy use when an event is called. For example, consider the parts of your business that you can shift to off-peak hours, as well as equipment, lighting, and areas that you can shut off when not in use.
- Know the details of your business’ Demand Response program and pricing plan.
- Review and update your contact information and preferences in My Account to make sure the correct person receives notifications about program activation days.
Take these simple steps to conserve energy at your business.
Precool Your Workspace
Precool your workspace and work areas in the early morning or afternoon. Set thermostats to 78°F or higher, or safety permitting, cycle air conditioning and ventilation.
Turn off unnecessary lighting in less frequently used areas such as breakrooms, hallways or bathrooms. Power down any unused ornamental or display lighting, as well as electronics and office equipment.
Shift Time of Use
Run ice machines at night and into the early afternoon to build up a large supply.
Charge during Off-Peak Hours
Charge battery-powered equipment, such as laptops or cell phones, before 4 p.m. or after 9 p.m.