Savings By Design

Important program update!

Applications must be received by 9/30/2020 to be eligible for SDG&E’s Savings By Design Program

When you’re planning a commercial new construction project, it pays to get an early start on energy efficiency.
Our Savings By Design program encourages the design and construction of high-performance projects that offer economic, health and environmental advantages to building owners, building occupants and the public.
Read our FAQs  or Participant Handbook to learn more about the Savings By Design program.

Apply here by 9-30-2020


Incentives include:

  • Up to $150,000 in building owner incentives.
  • 10% bonus incentive opportunities in addition to the building owner incentive.
  • Design assistance services and resources matched to the project needs
Contact the Savings By Design team today at  858-650-4148 to see how to enhance your project’s energy performance potential. You can also email us.
If the CPUC requests review of your project, SDG&E will provide the CPUC with all of the information requested without further notification to you. If you refuse to allow the CPUC, its staff or its contractors and/or consultants to have access to your data, you will not be allowed to participate, and you will be ineligible to receive any program incentives. Please note that if you designated a project sponsor, a similar notification has been forwarded to them as well. In the event your project is selected for review, SDG&E will mark your data as confidential before submitting your files to the CPUC in accordance with California Public Utilities Code Section 583 and CPUC General Order 66-C.

Variety of solutions help building owners:

  • Save money by reducing operating costs.
  • Increase the comfort, health and productivity for building occupants.
  • Conserve natural resources.
  • Projects must be at a point where design changes are feasible, preferably in the conceptual or schematic design phase.

Apply by filling out our application and emailing it to us

Apply here by 9-30-2020

Or you can contact the Savings By Design team today at 1-858-650-4148 to see how to enhance your project’s energy performance potential.


Woodson and Reed

“We’re excited about our new 20-year energy master plan that is focused on making us more energy efficient, resilient, and carbon neutral. For example we collaborated with SDG&E’s Savings By Design program at the inception of Terminal 2 West and the Rental Car Center projects to maximize energy efficiency and cost savings.

— Jeffrey Woodson, Vice President Development

— Brendan Reed, Environmental Sustainability Program Manager, San Diego County Regional Airport Authority

Terminal 2 West Expansion:

$150,000 incentive
3,477,738 kWh savings
11,468 therms save

Rental Car Center:

$150,000 incentive
2,075,763 kWh savings

This program is funded by California utility customers and is administered by Pacific Gas and Electric Company, Sacramento Municipal Utility District, San Diego Gas & Electric, Southern California Edison and Southern California Gas Company under the auspices of the California Public Utilities Commission.