Summer Energy Usage & Bill

We help you plan and prepare for higher energy bills as we head into what is expected to be another hot summer, especially as we continue to spend more time at home. If you're struggling to pay your bill, we have payment arrangements. For business customers, click here.

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Summer Savings

These tips can help you save energy

Standard Plan

Shift your use

When possible, use heat-generating appliances such as washers, dryers and dishwashers in the morning or at night. On a Time-of-Use plan, save on your bill by shifting outside the on-peak hours of 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Standard Plan

Check your filter

Check your air conditioner’s filter every 1-2 months and keep your clothes dryer vents and lint filters clean. Dirty filters cause your system to work harder wasting energy.

Standard Plan

Adjust your water heating

Water heating can be the second largest energy expense in your home after air conditioning. Turn down the thermostat on your water heater a few degrees and if possible, insulate the water heater and pipes to reduce your water heating costs even more.

Standard Plan

Block the heat and hot air

Weather strip and caulk drafty doors and windows to keep the cold air in and hot air out. During the heat of the day, cover windows to block the sun’s heat. If you can, open windows at night and early mornings to let the cool air in.

Power Down

Power down

Switch off your electronic devices, such as computers and monitors, when not in use. Keep in mind, electronics in standby mode still draw power. Use a power strip to power down devices and appliances at one time. Smart power strips can be used straight from your mobile device to prevent unwanted energy usage.

Stream

Stream on the right device

When streaming content, choose the smallest device that makes sense for the number of people watching. Game consoles can use 10 times more power than streaming through a tablet or laptop.

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Upgrade your lighting

Along with LED light bulbs, use ENERGY STAR light fixtures, which use less energy and produce less heat.

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Tree trimming

To get the most out of your solar system, make sure that nearby trees or bushes aren’t shading your system. Protect yourself – stay away from power lines. If you have trees near electric lines, SDG&E will prune them if needed. Give us a call at 1-800-411-7343 to request an inspection.

Energy-saving tips for the kitchen

Here are some tips to stay cool during meal time and limit your use of the stove or oven, which raises your kitchen’s temperature and making your air conditioning work even harder.

Use small appliances

Instead of the oven, use small appliances such as a microwave, toaster oven or slow cooker. They use less energy and won’t add much heat to your home.

Keep your fridge full

A full fridge works more efficient than an empty one. Pack cold items together to keep your fridge and freezer cool. Consider storing a supply of emergency water to keep your fridge full.

Maximize your dishwasher

Run a full load before 4 pm or after 9 pm when energy is cheaper. Save even more by turning off the dry cycle and letting your dishes air dry.

Fire up the grill

Take the heat out of your kitchen by cooking outside. Its also a good excuse to get your family outside and away from electronics.

More ways to save

Check your pricing plan options

Being on the right energy plan for your lifestyle can add up to real savings on your energy bill, especially if you can shift your energy 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.  

Avoid the Oven

On hot summer days, opt for recipes that don’t require the oven or stove which can raise the temperature by 10 degrees. You’ll also save on air conditioning costs to cool down your home.

Interior Doors

Keep your interior doors open to encourage airflow, making your home feel cooler.  

Save while you sleep

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

Utilize super off-peak rates

Maximize electricity use during the lowest rate time period to maximize your savings. For most, that’s after 9 p.m. on weekdays and before 2 p.m. on weekends. 

Energy Audit

Take our quick 5-minute survey to see where your electricity is going and get a plan to help you save 

Programs and solutions to stay cool and lower your energy bill

If you are having trouble paying your bill, 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

Save energy and money this summer

Simple money-saving steps can lower monthly electric bills without jeopardizing safety or comfort.  Find more opportunities to save by logging into My Account to view your energy use and see how and when you’re using energy so you can make adjustments.

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Save 30% or more

CARE and FERA are two programs we offer that can provide you with a monthly discount on your bill.

Get bill alerts

Keep track of your energy use and costs with email or text alerts. Stay on top of your bill, energy use and more. Visit sdge.com/myaccount and go to "alerts and subscriptions".

Cool off at a Cool Zone

Escape mid-day summer heat and reduce air conditioning usage by visiting a Cool Zone.

Demand Response 

If you can shift your energy use when a call for energy conservation is needed, sign up for our smart thermostat program

Summer Pricing

Being on the right pricing plan can add up to real savings on your energy bill. Can you shift your energy use? Do you own an electric vehicle? Visit My Account to check out your choices.

 

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

 

Current Effective Prices 

Current Standard Pricing Chart

Prices effective June 1 – October 31

Summer DR1 Pricing Chart

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

*Holidays:   New Year's Day, President's Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day.

Prices effective June 1 – October 31

Summer DR2 Pricing Chart

Prices effective June 1, 2021

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

*Holidays:   New Year's Day, President's Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day.

Reduce Your Use (RDU) Days may be called when energy use and demand on the grid are high. The RYU Event Period Adder ($1.16) is an additional charge that will be billed to customers from 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. during a RYU Event Day. The RYU Event Period Adder is not applicable during non-RYU Event Days.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Hotter weather drives up energy use, and combined with summer pricing, customers can see higher bills than normal. The increased pricing stems from a rise in electricity prices in the summer across the state as the weather heats up and there is a high demand for energy.

No. SDG&E does not profit from the sale of electricity to our customers, per state law. The cost of the electricity we purchase for our customers is a direct pass through onto customer bills.

There are some immediate benefits with Time-of-Use pricing plans over the ‘standard’ tiered plan:

    • Simple shifts can equal savings – Shifting simple chores like laundry and running your dishwasher to before 4 p.m. or after 9 p.m. can reduce your monthly bill on a Time-of-Use plan. Outside of the 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. timeframe, prices are lower, which provides a second opportunity to save. On a standard plan, the price is the same every hour of the day.
    • Try “A/C pre-cooling” – Take advantage of cheaper “off-peak” prices outside of 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. to pre-cool your home or business, then turn up the thermostat from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. to gain some savings.

    Learn more about Time-of-Use at our Energy Plans for Every Lifestyle page

    We’ve received approval from the California Public Utilities Commissions on several bill-related solutions:​

    • ​Adjustment to the timing of the California Climate Credit for all residential customers: The electric credit will now be applied annually to residential customers' bills in August and September, instead of April and October, to help offset summer bills.  ​
    • Reduction in summer pricing for many TOU customers: TOU-DR2, TOU-DR-P, TOU-DR, DR-SES and EV-TOU, EV-TOU-2 and EV-TOU-5 customers can expect lower pricing this summer. Effective June 1, customers on these plans will see a 4-6% reduction on average in summer energy pricing. This lower price can help reduce spikes in summer bills, especially with more of us at home. This decrease in summer pricing will be offset by an increase of 4-7% during winter pricing months, November 1 through May 31. ​
    • ​Elimination of the High Usage Charge for Standard pricing plan customers staring June 1, 2021​
    • ​Elimination of seasonal pricing for Standard DR pricing plan: This pricing plan has one rate year-round*. In past years, the summer change reflected the increase in demand and costs for electricity as more people sought relief from hotter summer temperatures. Now those costs will be spread throughout the year creating a flatter rate that may result in lower bills in the summer, offset by slightly higher bills in the winter, assuming no change in usage.

    No. As part of ongoing rate relief, the California Public Utilities Commission approved SDG&E’s request to eliminate the High Usage Charge effective June 1, 2021.​ ​