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.

Select from the options below to access additional winter pricing, savings, safety and solutions details. 

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Safety

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.

 

Safety tips for your home

 

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Prevent a fire

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

 

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Be emergency prepared

Make emergency plans and kits for your home and workplace.

 

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Carbon monoxide

Gas appliances in need of repair may give off carbon monoxide, a colorless, odorless gas that can cause carbon monoxide poisoning. Install a carbon monoxide detector in your home.

 

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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.

 

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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. 
 

 

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Use trusted professionals only

Allow only qualified individuals to repair, maintain or operate electrical equipment.
 

 

Safety tips outdoors

 

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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.

 

 

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Report a gas leak
 

If you suspect a gas leak, leave  the area  immediately. From a safe location call 911 or call us at 1-800-611-7343.

 

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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.

Energy-saving tips for your home

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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.

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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. 
 

Fireplace

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. 

Shop and save

Upgrade your lighting

Using LED light strings could help reduce the cost of decorating your home for the winter holidays. 

Power Down

Power down

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

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.

Prevent misreadings

Prevent misreadings

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.

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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. 

 

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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. 

 

Energy-saving tips for the kitchen

The kitchen is the center of the home. Here are some tips to stay energy smart through the winter season. 

Shop & Save

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

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.

Fire up the grill

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

CARE and Fera

Save 30% or more

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

Bill alerts

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".

Pricing plans

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.

Winter Pricing

Prices effective November 1 - May 31