Stay Cool & Save This Summer!

When summer temperatures rise, all we can think about is staying cool. We’re here to help with tips to help manage energy use during high heat so you can stay cool, reduce demand on the power grid, stay safe, and spend less on your energy bill.

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Tips to Cool Your Home & Save

What can you do to reduce energy use during peak hours?

Energy Upgrade California® encourages all Californians to initiate energy savings during the peak hours of 4 to 9PM, such as by:

  • Turning off all but essential lighting
  • Using less hot water by operating washing machines and dishwashers during off-peak hours or on cold water
  • Pre-cooling your home outside of peak demand hours
  • Setting the thermostat for your air conditioner at a higher temperature when it is running
  • Installing timers on electricity-consuming appliances such as electric water heaters, indoor and outdoor lighting, water recirculation pumps, and pool and spa pumps
  • Using timers to run appliances such as dishwashers, washing machines and ovens at non-peak times

Click here to learn more about the best ways to conserve energy by time of day.

Need to Find a Cool Zone in San Diego?

Cool Zone sites, located throughout the county, help older adults and others keep cool and save energy costs. 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.

Flex Alert Tips

Flex Alerts are voluntary calls for consumers to conserve electricity.

A Flex Alert is typically issued in the summer when extremely hot weather increases energy demand up to generation capacity. This usually happens in the evening hours when solar generation is going offline and people are returning home and switching on air conditioners, lights, and appliances. 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, just by reducing our use!

Here are some helpful tips to save on your energy bill this summer! Make sure to sign up for Flex Alerts today.

Before 4 pm

  • “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

Between 4 pm and 9 pm

  • 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

How Can I Prepare for Summer Energy Emergencies?

Customers are encouraged to sign up to receive Flex Alert notifications directly from CAISO, sign up at FlexAlert.org, or download the ISO Today app.

Shifting energy use habits is an easy way to reduce your use during peak hours. Pre-cooling your home and setting your thermostat at 78⁰ degrees, health permitting, can make a real impact on your energy use, and even lower your bill. For more tips about how you can conserve during a Flex Alert, like the best time to use major appliances or charge your electric vehicle, click here.

Power outages can occur for a variety of 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.

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Safety During an Outage

During a power outage here are some quick safety tips to follow:

Use a flashlight rather than a candle for light at night

If using a standby generator, follow these safety tips:

  • Turn off major appliances like dishwasher or A/C that were running when the power went out to prevent them from starting unexpectedly when power is restored
  • Unplug or turn off TVs, stereo, and game systems
  • Leave one light on so you know when power is restored

Supplies to keep on hand:

  • A flashlight with a supply of fresh batteries.
  • A portable battery-powered radio so you can keep up with the news.
  • A telephone that does not depend on electricity. Cordless landline phones will not function during an outage.
  • A supply of easy-to-prepare, nonperishable foods. This includes packaged snacks and bottled water and juices.
  • A wind-up or battery-operated clock.
  • A first-aid kit.
  • Consider battery-powered phone chargers!