Demand Response for Your Home

SDG&E offers a range of Demand Response programs that provide financial incentives to residential customers who can conserve or shift energy use during times of high demand. By participating, you'll support the energy grid, benefit the environment and save money too.

Demand Response for Home

Demand Response Programs

High summer temperatures can increase your demand for energy. When you participate in a Demand Response Program and reduce your energy use, you're helping to avoid power outages and maintain a reliable power grid for all Californians. You also benefit the environment by helping to defer or reduce the need to construct new power plants and transmission infrastructure. And best of all, you can earn rewards.

Find a program that fits your needs, and sign up for a Demand Response Program today.

  • Demand Response Programs from SDG&E 

SDG&E will reward you up to $70 when you purchase an approved smart thermostat and sign up for the Smart Thermostat program. 

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SDG&E installs an AC Saver device on your air conditioning unit, and you will get an annual bill credit based on the total amount of times your air conditioning unit was cycling during the year.   

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When you sign up for Power Saver Rewards, you can earn a credit on your monthly energy bill if you can reduce your energy on certain days when there is high demand on the energy grid.

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Sign up for a Demand Response Program with SDG&E, or choose to participate with a third-party provider.

  • Demand Response Programs from Third-Party Providers

Under Electric Rule 32, you have the option to participate in Demand Response programs offered by third-party Demand Response Providers.

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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

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 Leap offers partners with flexible load or batteries to provide their customers with incentives to automatically participate in events during the year.

Provider Type:  Commercial/Residential

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Enel X JuiceBox EV charger owners can earn cash for smart charging their EV. Maximize the use of cleaner, cheaper electricity and contribute to a more reliable grid for all with Enel X's JuicePoints Program. 

Provider Type: Residential

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Know the Details of Your Pricing Plan

As summer temperatures rise, it’s important to know when you should conserve or shift energy use. If your pricing plan includes Reduce Your Use event days, prepare for on-peak and event day hours (4 – 9 p.m.) to reduce your energy use when activation is called.  

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Frequently Asked Questions

Reduce Your Use (RYU) or Critical Peak Pricing (CPP) Event Days may be called when there is a need for customers to reduce their energy use to help ease strain on the grid.

When an RYU or CPP event day is called, customers enrolled in one of these plans will be asked to conserve energy between 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Customers who can meet “program-specific” criteria can receive financial incentives; however, if the criteria are not met, customers will be subject to significantly higher rates on these days.

Reduce Your Use Event Days affect business and residential customers enrolled in a Time-of-Use pricing plan with Reduce Your Use Event Days.

Critical Peak Pricing Event Days affect business customers enrolled in a Critical Peak pricing plan with Critical Peak Pricing Event Days.

Review your contact information each season to confirm that the correct person in your home is signed up to receive notifications and alerts from SDG&E when event days occur. First sign into Click on your profile name at the top right-hand corner, and then select “Notification Settings.” Under “Billing and Accounts” updates, select your communications preferences and which notifications that you would like to receive. SDG&E’s home page also contains notifications indicating which program's event days have been activated.

Auto Demand Response uses technology-enabled equipment and controls that help streamline energy management and allow businesses to automatically participate in a Demand Response program. If you’re looking for a program that specializes in Auto Demand Response, check out the Technology Incentives Program, which is available to our business customers.

Demand Response is a call for conservation, issued by SDG&E, that can provide financial incentives to customers who volunteer to reduce or shift energy use during high-demand periods in response to time-based rates.

Flex Alerts are statewide calls to all customers by the California Independent System Operator (CAISO) for voluntary energy conservation. Flex Alerts can be triggered during heat waves, when more energy is used to stay cool. Sign up to receive Flex Alert Notifications.

A Reduce Your Use Event Day is called when there is a local need for energy conservation. Customers who are enrolled in a Time-of-Use Plus pricing plan can volunteer to reduce or shift electricity use on certain days and receive financial incentives for meeting "program-specific" Reduce Your Use criteria. If the criteria is not met, there may be penalties.

A Public Safety Power Shut Off (PSPS) is called by SDG&E during extreme weather or wildfire conditions. There may be a need to turn off power in order to keep communities safe.