Winter Savings

Each season presents new opportunities for us to help you save energy and money. That’s probably more important than ever now that many of us are spending most of our time at home, which means we’re probably using more energy. Here are no-cost and low-cost tips to help you save on energy costs this winter.  

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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.   


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.  

adjust your water heating

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.


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

Did you know the demand for energy is 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

As we continue to navigate through these challenging times, we’re here for you. 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

Pricing plans

Compare your pricing plan options

Being on the right pricing plan for your household and lifestyle can make difference. Whether you drive an electric vehicle, have solar, or can’t shift your energy use, we have options for you.

Compare plans  

CARE and Fera

Save 30% or more

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


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.



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.



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.



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.



Prevent a fire

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


holiday lights

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.



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. 

Winter Pricing

The outlined pricing has been rounded for illustrative purposes. Visit Total Electric Rates for complete pricing schedules and additional pricing plan details. 

SDG&E is removing the High Usage Charge effective June 1, 2021 for Standard Plan customers.

Current Effective Prices 

Standard DR Plan

November 1 – May 31

Winter TOU-DR1 Pricing ChartThe outlined pricing has been rounded for illustrative purposes. Visit ‘Total Electric Rates’ for complete pricing schedules and additional pricing plan details.

November 1 – May 31

Winter DR2 Pricing ChartThe outlined pricing has been rounded for illustrative purposes. Visit ‘Total Electric Rates’ for complete pricing schedules and additional pricing plan details.