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Electricity is more expensive during “peak hours,” (between 4 p.m. and 9 p.m.) when electricity is at a high demand, but electricity from renewable resources is less available.
Reducing energy use during peak hours can reduce demand on the power grid and help you save on your energy bill. Some easy ways to do so include:
Electrification, or replacing gas appliances with electric appliances, can also reduce energy costs. Click here to learn more about the benefits of electrification.
And click here to learn more about the best ways to conserve energy by time of day.
“Pre-cool” your home by turning your A/C down to 72 degrees
Charge electric vehicles
Charge mobile devices and laptops
Run dishwashers, washing machines, and other major appliances
Set pool pumps to run in the early morning or late at night
Close blinds and drapes
Set your A/C to 78 degrees, if health permits
Avoid using major appliances
Turn off unnecessary lights
Unplug unused electrical devices
Use fans when possible
Limit time the refrigerator door is open
The Cool Zone program is an established network of free, air-conditioned settings (such as libraries or community centers) across San Diego County that allow respite for older adults, persons with disabilities or anyone looking to escape the extreme heat during the summer.
Cool Zones are a way for residents to lower individual utility usage and help conserve energy for the whole community.
To locate the Cool Zone site nearest you, click here to view an interactive map with location information or call 2-1-1.
Make sure you and your family are safe by making the proper preparations in case of a wildfire.
Get Your CAL FIRE Custom Wildfire Preparedness Plan here. Based on your answers, your personalized emergency preparedness plan will be created.
Flex Alerts are voluntary calls for consumers to conserve electricity. A Flex Alert is typically issued in the summer when extremely hot weather causes energy demand to increase until it meets generation capacity, usually during peak hours.
When the state’s power grid operator, California ISO, calls for a Flex Alert we have the opportunity to prevent more dire emergency measures, including rotating power outages, by reducing our own energy use with the tips above.
Power outages can occur for many reasons including, but not limited to, emergency repairs for damaged equipment, routine maintenance for reliability, expanding the grid for future growth and preventing wildfires in prone conditions.
All customers should reach out to SDG&E when experiencing an outage. To check on outages in your area, please click here. For more information on outage notifications and how to prepare, please contact SDG&E at 1 (800) 411-7343 or visit SDG&E’s outage center webpage.
During adverse weather conditions, a Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) may be used by SDG&E to help prevent potential wildfires. To sign up for PSPS event notifications, please visit the PSPS Notifications page.
Use a flashlight rather than a candle for light at night.
If using a standby generator, follow these safety tips: