Tips to help you save energy at home
Take advantage of these helpful tips for saving energy in your home every day. Small but simple steps you can take to save energy which will help with your bill in the long term.
Tips For Saving Every Day
Adjust the thermostat
Adjust up in the summer and shut off when not in use. Even a few degrees can significantly reduce air conditioning costs. In the summer, set your air conditioner to 78 degrees or higher. Changing the A/C thermostat from 72 to 78 degrees can save up to 12% of your cooling costs. Gain remote control and get a rebate on a smart programmable thermostat.
Switch to Time-of-Use
Looking for a new opportunity to save money on your electricity bill? Consider switching to a Time of Use (TOU) pricing plan. With Time of Use, there's no High Usage Charge and each day is broken into on-peak and off-peak time zones (and sometimes even super off-peak), with energy costing less during the off-peak hours. Learn more at sdge.com/whenmatters.
Sign up for bill assistance
We also offer bill assistance programs for those that may need help paying their bill. You can explore options by visiting our assistance page and see if you are eligible for a monthly discount, energy efficiency improvements, or use certain medical devices and need help.
Sign up for Level Pay
You can have a more predictable energy bill simply by signing up for our Level Pay Plan. It automatically evens out the monthly highs and lows so your energy bills are more consistent. When you know what to expect, it’s easier to plan your budget. Visit sdge.com/lpp and have your account number handy.
Block direct sunlight in the summer
Close window coverings or shade exposed windows with solar shade screens, reflective films, awnings or trees.
Turn off or set office equipment to power down when not in use. Turning off one computer and monitor nightly and on weekends can save up to $80 a year. Setting PCs, monitors and copiers to use sleep mode when not in use can help cut energy costs by up to 50 percent. Use power strips or unplug electronics such as DVRs, game consoles and TVs that draw power even when switched off.
Lower the thermostat on your water heater
120° F is sufficient for most common uses. A 10° F reduction can save up to five percent on water heating costs. This only affects gas usage, unless your water heater is electric.
Switch from A/C to fans
If you can comfortably use a fan instead of air conditioning, it makes a big difference. Using a portable or ceiling fan to circulate air in one room can cost about 4 cents per hour. Cooling your entire house with central A/C can cost about $1 to $2 per hour.
Freshen A/C filters regularly
Clean or replace the filter in your central A/C to help it run more efficiently.
Look for air leaks
Weatherstrip and caulk drafty doors and windows to keep conditioned air in and save up to 5% on cooling costs.
Replace incandescent bulbs with LEDs (light-emitting diodes), which provide the same amount of light, use up to 75 percent less energy and can last up to 10 times longer.
Upgrade your pool pump
Filter your swimming pool for less when you switch to an energy-efficient, variable-speed pool pump.
Use a pool or spa cover
Covers can reduce heat loss by up to 90%.
Install occupancy sensors
These inexpensive devices can reduce lighting costs by up to 40 percent.
Invest in energy-efficient equipment
Always look for the ENERGY STAR® symbol, which indicates it meets federal standards for energy efficiency.
Energy Usage Tips
Shift to save
Shift some of your energy use outside of higher-priced on-peak hours of 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Simple ways to shift include doing laundry or running your dishwasher during off-peak or super off-peak periods.
Invest in a programmable thermostat
With a programmable thermostat, you can adjust the temperature during on-peak hours of 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Adjust your pool timer
Schedule pool filtering and automatic pool sweep time to before 4 p.m. or after 9 p.m.
EV and NEM Plan Tips
Watch your usage and generation
You can track your excess energy generation that goes out to the grid, and your incoming usage in My Account. While seasonal fluctuations are to be expected — your solar system’s output will naturally go down in the winter when there are fewer daylight hours — a professional may be able to diagnose a non-seasonal drop.
Be sure to keep up with basic maintenance and annual checkups with a professional to make sure your system is operating at full capacity. Check with your installer to see if your package includes maintenance. Solar panels in particular require very little upkeep, but occasional cleanings and checkups will maximize your savings.
Regularly check to make sure your panels are not covered by shade from nearby trees.