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.
These tips can help you save energy
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 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.
Upgrade your lighting
Along with LED light bulbs, use ENERGY STAR light fixtures, which use less energy and produce less heat.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Note: As part of a larger rate relief effort across the state, in response to COVID-19, the California Public Utilities Commission (Commission) temporarily reduced the price of high usage electricity by 30%. This lower price is represented below.
Current Effective Prices
Prices effective June 1 – October 31
Prices effective June 1 – October 31
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:
- No High Usage Charge – Time-of-Use plans do not have a High Usage Charge, so if a customer anticipates continuing to use high amounts of energy, they may save each month on one of these plans.
- 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 sdge.com/whenmatters.