Winter Savings

Each season presents new opportunities for us to help you save energy and money. Here are no-cost and low-cost tips to help you save on energy costs this winter.

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Winter Savings for Home

Energy-saving tips for your home

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Upgrade your lighting

The sun sets earlier in the winter, prompting you to use more lighting. Along with LED light bulbs, use ENERGY STAR light fixtures, which use less energy.   

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Keep your furnace clean

Check furnace filters once a month and replace them regularly. A dirty air filter can increase your energy costs and cause problems with your equipment.

Power Down

Power off

Turn off lights, computers, TVs, and other electronic devices when not in use. Use a smart power strip to make powering off even easier.  

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Don't get burned by hot water

Lower the thermostat on your water heater to 120F, if possible. You’ll not only save energy; you’ll avoid scalding your hands.  

 

Shift your use

Wash with cold water

Using warm water instead of hot can cut a load's energy use in half; using cold water will save even more. Bonus, cold water helps your clothes last longer.

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Stop the breeze

Caulk and weather-strip around drafty doors and windows. Use a door sweep, door sock or towel at the bottom of doors with a gap.

 

3 Ways to Cut Your Natural Gas Winter Heating Bill

Lower your winter natural gas bill with these energy-saving tips. Quick and easy ways to lower your natural gas heating bill while still staying warm.

Control Humidity

Control humidity

Dry winter air pulls moisture from your skin, making you feel colder. Instead of reaching for the thermostat, use a humidifier to keep your home humidity between 30 and 50%. You’ll feel warmer with some humidity in the air.

Heat Effectively

Heat Efficiently

You can save as much as 10% per year on heating and cooling by turning your thermostat down 7°–10°F for 8 hours a day in the fall and winter.

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Use Space Heaters

Today’s modern space heaters are energy efficient and can warm the room you’re in so you don’t have to heat the whole house - especially important if you have central heating. Make sure your model has a tip-over safety switch, always operate on a hard-level surface, and turn off when you leave the room. Plug them directly into the wall as such devices can overload extension cords and don't use them to dry clothes.

Maximizing Time-of-Use to work for you and the environment  

Did you know the demand for energy is usually higher between 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.? Even if you aren’t on a Time-of-Use plan, shifting energy use outside these hours means you can make better use of cleaner, renewable energy sources when they are more available to the power grid. If you’re on a Time-of-Use plan, which most customers are, shifting your use can also save money. Save even more by taking advantage of the lowest priced electricity during super-off-peak hours. 

Shift to Save

Delay chores.

Utilize the delay start button on your dishwasher and washing machine, if you can.

Save while you sleep.

Recharge your devices while you do the same, so your devices will be fully charged when you wake up.

Set a timer.

Schedule your pool and spa pumps to run during super off-peak hours.

Providing assistance when you need it

 If you are having trouble paying your bill, please call our Customer Contact Center at 1-800-411-7343 to make payment arrangements. To learn about programs that can help you with your utility bills, visit our Assistance page

CARE and Fera

Save 30% or more

SDG&E offers programs, like CARE and FERA, that provide monthly discounts on your energy bill.

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Bill alerts

Sign up for bill alerts

Keep track of your energy use and costs with email or text alerts. These alerts give you information about your account, energy use and more.

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Level Pay

Get a more predictable bill.

Level Pay offers the convenience of predictable billing throughout the year. Level Pay averages your bill every three months; you don’t pay more or less.

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Winter safety tips for your home

Safety should come first every season. Here are some helpful safety tips for your home. Visit our safety page for  more home-safety  tips and information on everything from gas safety, powerline safety and more.

 

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Carbon monoxide

Install a carbon monoxide detector in your home, check the battery annually and replace the detector every five years to ensure it's working.

 

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Prevent a fire

Keep electric heaters a safe distance from furniture, blankets and other objects which might catch fire.

 

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Don't overload outlets

When lighting for the holidays, always replace damaged light cords and broken sockets, instead of trying to repair them and try not to overload electrical outlets.

 

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Watch out for hidden damage

Keep electrical cords away from heat sources, pedestrian traffic, and do not place them under rugs or mats where damage can go unnoticed.