2013 Rates

Beginning in September, about a quarter of our customers will see a noticeable increase in their home energy bills.  Here's some information about who is affected, the increase, and how to reduce your energy use and save.


We've created three short videos that discuss the upcoming rate changes, how you can save and a long-term solution, as well.

Who will be Affected

About 25 percent of our customers ─ those in Tiers 3 and 4 ─ will see their rates increase. 

SDG&E’s rates are divided into four “tiers” (or cost levels) based on usage.   Generally speaking, a typical SDG&E residential customer uses about 500 kWh/month.  If you use less electricity, you’re probably a Tier 1 or Tier 2 customer, and you won’t see a bill impact. The more you use, the greater the bill impact because the cost-per-kWh is much higher in Tiers 3 and 4.

For more information about rates, check out Understanding Your Rates.

Below you'll find additional information on:

1. Rate Information

About half of what you pay is for electricity itself.  It’s a simple pass through – what we pay for power is what you pay.

Most of the remaining half is for delivery of energy – the power lines and other infrastructure that gets energy to your home and business safely and reliably.

A small piece of rates is the costs of low-income programs, energy-efficiency and the California Solar Initiative. An even smaller sliver – “other” in the graph – includes things like the Nuclear Decommissioning Costs.

Energy Costs

Energy costs are going up now due to environmental costs and enhancements to the electric system.  Also the recent General Rate Case decision on the CPUC was delayed, so rates need to be adjusted for that as well. 

Environmental costs

Clean energy has many benefits, but it is also currently more expensive.  We're meeting stricter environmental laws to reduce GHG emissions, and our environmental footprint.

  • Today, more than 20 percent of energy delivered is from green resources.

  • By 2020, 33 percent of energy will be from renewable resources.

Electrical System Enhancements

Investments in technology and infrastructure to help make our electrical system more reliable, safer and more secure.

  • Smart switches to re-route power automatically after an outage.

  • Support for growing electric vehicle demand.

  • 144 weather stations to monitor winds in high fire risk areas.

  • Technology and backup power to manage intermittent solar and wind energy.

Residential Customer Monthly Summer Bill  Impact

How much will this affect your bill?  Use the map and tables below to find your climate zone and an estimate of how the increases will impact your bill.  The information below is for a gas and electric home, on the standard resdential rate.  CARE customers are not affected.  The new rates will go into effect on Sept. 1, 2013.

The figures in the tables below are for illustrative purposes only and include assumptions regarding proceedings that the Californa Public Utilities Commission has not yet made final decisions.


Usage Present Bill Estimated Bill Change
350 kWh $74 $76 $2
400 kWh $86 $91 $5
500 kWh $113 $131 $18
600 kWh $141 $171 $30
700 kWh $170 $213 $43
800 kWh $200 $255 $56
900 kWh $229 $297 $68
1000 kWh $259 $339 $81
1100 kWh $288 $381 $93
1200 kWh $318 $424 $106
1300 kWh $347 $466 $119
1400 kWh $376 $508 $131
1500 kWh $406 $550 $144
2000 kWh $553 $760 $207
3000 kWh $847 $1,180 $333


Usage Present Bill Estimated Bill Change
350 kWh $73 $75 $2
400 kWh $82 $84 $2
500 kWh $105 $115 $10
600 kWh $133 $155 $23
700 kWh $161 $196 $35
800 kWh $190 $238 $48
900 kWh $220 $280 $60
1000 kWh $249 $322 $73
1100 kWh $279 $364 $85
1200 kWh $308 $406 $98
1300 kWh $337 $448 $111
1400 kWh $367 $490 $123
1500 kWh $396 $532 $136
2000 kWh $544 $742 $199
3000 kWh $838 $1,163 $325


Usage Present Bill Estimated Bill Change
500 kWh $96 $98 $2
600 kWh $116 $121 $5
700 kWh $143 $161 $17
800 kWh $171 $201 $30
900 kWh $198 $241 $43
1000 kWh $228 $283 $55
1100 kWh $257 $325 $68
1200 kWh $287 $367 $80
1300 kWh $316 $409 $93
1400 kWh $346 $451 $106
1500 kWh $375 $493 $118
2000 kWh $522 $703 $181
3000 kWh $817 $1,124 $307


Usage Present Bill Estimated Bill Change
500 KWh $95 $97 $2
600 kWh $112 $114 $2
700 kWh $136 $145 $10
800 kWh $163 $185 $22
900 kWh $191 $225 $35
1000 kWh $218 $266 $47
1100 kWh $248 $308 $60
1200 kWh $277 $350 $72
1300 kWh $307 $392 $85
1400 kWh $336 $434 $98
1500 kWh $366 $476 $110
2000 kWh $513 $686 $173
3000 kWh $807 $1,106 $299

*Total bill includes natural gas monthly usage of 18 therms.  The figures in the tables are for illustrative purposes only.  These show estimated bill impacts at this time awaiting final CPUC decisions on two proceedings that may be implemented on Sept 1, 2013.
CARE customers are not effected.

2. Ways to Save

There are many ways to save on your energy bill by making small changes. Here the Top 10 Ways to Save:


Sign up for My Account

You’ll be able to do much more than just pay your bill online, you can: Get an "at-a-glance" view of your energy use and analyze your energy. You can also get a personalized action plan to manage your energy costs. Sign up now


Replace regular bulbs with CFLs or LEDs

Lighting can be up to 20% of your home’s energy use. Compact fluorescent lamps CFLs) or LEDs provide the same amount of light as incandescent bulbs using less energy. CFLs use up to 75 percent less energy than incandescents, can last up to 10 times longer and can save you up to $500 a year. More information


Use a power strip

Save up to $300 a year by using smart strips and unplugging items not in use. Many appliances are still drawing power, even when switched off. Using power strips or unplugging things like DVRs, sound systems, game consoles and flat screen TVs can save on your bill. More information


Adjust your thermostat

Set your thermostat to 78°F for summer AC and 68°F for winter heat if your health permits. For every 2 degrees you turn down your thermostat in winter or up in summer, you can reduce costs by up to $200 a year. More information


Lower your water temperature

A 20°F reduction can save you over $80 a year. For most uses, a water heater temperature of 120° F works fine. More information


Use an energy efficient, variable speed pool pump...

to save up to $500 a year on your pool’s energy costs. For additional savings, SDG&E® offers a $200 rebate on select models. Try to limit filtering to between 4 and no more than 6 hours. If you heat your pool, make sure it’s covered to keep the warmth where it belongs. Qualifying pool pumps


Try cold water wash

Save up to $42 per year on electric water heating costs by washing with cold water. Save even more with a $50 rebate on select washing machines and a $100 rebate on select water heaters. More information


Save up to 50% on outdoor lighting

Reduce outdoor lighting costs by up to 50% with a motion sensor. Just one 150 watt outdoor security floodlight can cost up to $125 a year. A string of six low voltage landscape lights can cost more than $90 a year. Use a timer to turn these lights off after bedtime to save while you’re asleep. More information


Buy energy-efficient appliances

Save up to $80 a year on energy costs by choosing ENERGY STAR® appliances, such as a refrigerator. Increase your savings with $50 SDG&E rebates on select appliances. Recycle your old, working refrigerator with SDG&E for $35 and free pick-up. View our Buyers Guide


Seal and insulate your home

You could lower your heating and cooling bill over $250 per year by having proper insulation, a time-tested step that can help save energy year-round. A rebate of $0.15 per square foot is available from sdge.com/rebates.

3. Programs and Solutions

You can use our programs and solutions to help you save on your energy bill:

Level Pay Plan: You pay about the same amount each month based on your projected usage.

Energy Management Tool: Get an overview of your energy use and get a personalized action plan for savings.

Energy-saving videos: Short energy-saving videos for ways to save energy and money at home. 

Rebates: Save on some of the most popular energy-efficient products.

Assistance Programs: Monthly discounts on energy bills for income-qualified households.

More tips: Get more tips on how to save on your energy bill.