Winter Safety, Savings & Solutions Guide
Tips to help you stay safe and save energy
Each season presents new opportunities. Along with cooler weather coming in, you'll be able to take advantage of lower winter season pricing from November 1 to May 31.
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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.
Prevent a fire
Keep electric heaters a safe distance from furniture, blankets and other objects which might catch fire.
Be emergency prepared
Make emergency plans and kits for your home and workplace.
Install a carbon monoxide detector in your home, check the battery annually and replace the detector every five years to ensure it's working.
Update your contact information
Updating your emergency contact information at sdge.com/myaccount gives you access to receive email and text alerts on the latest information in the event of an emergency.
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.
Use trusted professionals only
Allow only qualified individuals to repair, maintain or operate electrical equipment.
Steer clear of power lines
If you see a downed power line, leave the area immediately and call us at 1-800-411-7343 or 911. Never touch a fallen power line or anything in contact with it. Failure to do so could result in serious injury or death.
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.
Adjust your thermostat
When you are home, set your thermostat as low as is comfortable. At night or when you’re out, turn it back up 10-15 degrees to save about 10% a year.
Prepare for large groups
When entertaining a large group of people during the heating season, lower the thermostat a few degrees before the guests arrive. Otherwise, since people generate heat, the space may become wastefully overheated.
Reduce fireplace heat loss
Keep your damper closed unless a fire is burning. Keeping the damper open is like a wide-open window during the winter, it allows warm air to go right up the chimney.
Upgrade your lighting
Using LED light strings could help reduce the cost of decorating your home for the winter holidays.
Switch off or power down your electronic devices when not in use. Turning off one computer and monitor nightly and on weekends can save up to $80 a year.
Shift your use
When doing laundry, wash and dry full loads and use a cold water setting. Save even more on a Time-of-Use plan by doing laundry outside the hours of 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Don’t position heat-producing devices such as lamps and TV sets beneath a wall-mounted thermostat. Heat rising from the equipment could cause thermostat misreadings and lead to overcooling.
Weatherize your home
Weather strip and caulk drafty doors and windows to keep in the heat when you need it most. Insulating your attic and walls can also help keep the heat or cool air in year-round.
Adjust your water heater
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.
Shop and save
SDG&E Marketplace can help you find rebates and energy-saving deals - like $75 off smart thermostats and energy-saving appliances.
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.
Plan ahead when you cook
Remove all ingredients for each meal at one time. Each time the door of a refrigerator or freezer is opened, its compressor has to run a bit longer to replace the cold air that spills out.
Programs and solutions to help lower your energy bill
Pricing plan options
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.