Your Residential and Business Summer Savings Guide
Summer is officially over, and the extreme heat is no longer here, but that doesn’t mean you should top managing your energy use. This past summer, the increased energy use, combined with higher summer pricing, resulted in higher than normal bills for both businesses and residents. Managing your energy use is something that should be done year-round with online tools that you can use such as My Account or by participating in energy savings programs and solutions.
Residential Customers – You Can Avoid the High Usage Charge
Some residential customers are seeing an increase in their bills because they’re reaching the High Usage Charge. It was introduced to the San Diego region by the State in November 2017 to encourage energy efficiency. This means your household will be charged a premium when it exceeds 4x (400%) the baseline allowance of electricity use needed to cover your basic energy needs like lighting, cooking, heating/cooling and refrigeration. On your bill it is called the baseline allowance. The amount allocated for each customer varies, and is determined by your climate zone, season and whether you’re a gas only or gas/electric customer.
Business Customers – What You Know Can Save You Money
As a business customer, your bill is based on Time-of-Use rates. Your energy costs are based not only on how much electricity you use, but also when you use it. As seasons change or when we are experiencing extreme heat, arm yourself with knowledge of the on-peak hours and event-day hours (if you participate) to save energy and money. And, no, you don’t have to go it alone; we’ve developed programs to help you save.
While we know that managing your energy is not something that is at the top of your “to-do” list, it is something that you can gain control over by taking just a few steps. Log into My Account today where you can choose a Time-of-Use pricing plan, one which will not incur the High Usage Charge, that allows you to have more control over your energy use.
Check out the links below for additional tips and solutions to help you save not only for summer, but year-round.