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1. WHEN you use energy this year matters. Residential customers will begin to switch to Time-of-Use pricing plans. Prices are lower all day except between 4 p.m. and 9 p.m. ow.ly/Ap2b30nCDIQ #espsdge
LA HORA en que consuma energía este año sí importa. Los clientes residenciales empezarán a cambiarse a planes tarifarios según el Horario de Uso. Los precios son más bajos todo el día, excepto entre 4 p.m. y 9 p.m. ow.ly/Ap2b30nCDIQ #espsdge
2. Drive an all-electric or plug-in hybrid vehicle? Find out if you qualify for SDG&E’s bill credit at https://www.sdge.com/residential/electric-vehicles/electric-vehicle-climate-credit. Last year’s credit was $500. Some restrictions apply. #espsdge
3. Are you an SDG&E customer and approved for subsidized housing? You may be eligible for funds through the SHARE program. Sdge.com/share #espsdge
a. ¿Es usted cliente de SDG&E y se le aprobó para vivienda subsidiada? Tal vez reúna los requisitos para obtener fondos a través del programa SHARE. Sdge.com/share #espsdge
4. Find out if your family qualifies for free energy-saving appliances, lighting, weather-stripping and more at sdge.com/ESAP or call 1-800-411-7343. #espsdge
5. Buy locally grown foods. Reduce the number of miles you drive by combining trips, carpooling, biking, or taking public transportation. By choosing a more sustainable lifestyle, we contribute to making a safer, healthier environment for ourselves and our children. #espsdge
6. Get up to 100% of your energy from renewable sources with SDG&E’s EcoChoice. Learn more at sdge.com/ecochoice. #espsdge
1. Tour SDG&E’s Energy Innovation Center – a community resource for energy efficiency, technology and green building practices. It features over 250 free workshops and classes, a connected Smart Home, a commercial demonstration kitchen and a tool lending library for energy-related projects. Learn more at sdge.com/eic #espsdge
2. Several products offered through SDG&E’s Business Rebates program are provided at no cost or at a discount for qualified customers through the Business Energy Solutions Program. Learn more at sdge.com/BES or call the Energy Savings Center at 1.800.644.6133. #espsdge
3. Energy costs are highest between 4 p.m. and 9 p.m. View your business’s current pricing plan and compare to other options with SDG&E’s Pricing Plan Comparison tool. Choose the best plan depending upon when you use energy most. Watch this video ow.ly/ZhFF30nCDCz #espsdge
a. Cuando se trata del uso de la energía, la sincronización realmente lo es todo. En todo California, los clientes están cambiando a los planes de precios de tiempo de uso. Estos planes le brindan más opciones y control para administrar su uso de energía. Con estos planes, los precios serán más bajos todo el día, excepto entre las 4 pm y las 9 pm, cuando los precios son más altos. Video: ow.ly/edDO30nFevN #espsdge
4. You can track and monitor your business’s energy use by signing up for My Account at myaccount.sdge.com. Build an energy action plan to help save energy and money. #espsdge
Articles – Residential customers
Article 1: Receive an SDG&E bill credit for driving clean
For the third consecutive year, electric vehicle drivers in SDG&E’s service area may be eligible for a bill credit on their energy bill for driving clean. If you drive an all-electric or plug-in hybrid electric vehicle, you may qualify for the annual Electric Vehicle Climate Credit (EVCC). This credit is part of a statewide program administered by the California Air Resources Board (CARB) to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions in California.
“More and more people are making the switch to plug-in vehicles because they see many advantages beyond environmental benefits, including performance and fuel savings,” said Mike Schneider, SDG&E’s vice president of clean transportation and asset management. “The progress our region is making in clean transportation is a sign that we are moving in the right direction to build a clean air and clean energy future.”
In 2018, EV drivers received a $500 bill credit*. Enrollment for the 2019 Electric Vehicle Climate Credit runs through May 31, 2019. Find out if you qualify at sdge.com/EVCC.
Drivers who enroll in SDG&E’s EV-TOU 5 plan can charge their car overnight for as little as 9¢ kW/h from midnight to 6 a.m. when they pay a basic monthly service fee of $16. Visit sdge.com/EVpricing to learn more.
*SDG&E® makes no guarantees regarding the amount of this year’s credit. 2019 is the final year this credit will be available. To receive the credit, your vehicle must be registered in the state of California at an address within SDG&E’s service area as of May 31, 2019. Your electric vehicle must be qualified to drive on a highway. Electric commercial fleet vehicles, golf carts and scooters are not eligible.
Article 2: When you use energy will matter this year
Throughout California, businesses are already paying electricity costs based on when it’s used. Residential households will start making the switch to Time-of-Use pricing plans in March. These plans give you more choice and control for managing your energy use. With these plans, prices are lower all day except between 4 p.m. and 9 p.m.
How it works
With Time-of-Use, when you use energy is as important as how much you use. With these pricing plans, energy prices are different based on the time of day. Each day is broken into different time periods; on-peak, off-peak and super off-peak.
Energy costs are lower during off-peak and super off-peak time periods and highest during the on-peak period. No matter the size of your household, shifting some of your energy habits can have a positive impact on your monthly bill.
What’s the timing?
Residential customers will begin to transition to Time-of-Use pricing plans in March. Be on the lookout for more details in the mail. If you want to learn more, watch our videos at sdge.com/whenmatters.
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Articulo 2: La hora en que consuma energía va a importar este año
En todo California, los negocios ya están pagando los costos de la electricidad con base en la hora en que se consume. Los clientes residenciales empezarán a hacer el cambio a planes tarifarios según el Horario de Uso en marzo. Estos planes le ofrecen más opciones y control para administrar su consumo de energía. Con estos planes, los precios son más bajos todo el día, excepto entre 4 p.m. y 9 p.m.
Con los planes según el Horario de Uso, cuándo consume energía es tan importante como cuánto consume. Con estos planes tarifarios, los precios de la energía son diferentes con base en la hora del día. Cada día se divide en tres periodos diferentes: hora pico, hora no pico y hora súper no pico.
Los costos de la energía son más bajos durante los periodos de horas no pico y súper no pico y más altos durante el periodo de horas pico. No importa el tamaño de su casa, modificar algunos de sus hábitos de energía puede tener un impacto positivo en la factura mensual.
¿Cuándo va a suceder esto?
Los clientes residenciales empezarán a cambiarse a planes tarifarios según el Horario de Uso en marzo. Esté atento a recibir más detalles por correo. Si desea informarse más, vea nuestros videos en sdge.com/whenmatters.
Article 3: Need help with your energy bill?
SDG&E has several assistance programs to help lower your monthly energy bill while keeping your home comfortable.
California Alternate Rates for Energy (CARE) Program: Save 30% or more every month on your bill. Eligibility is based on participation in certain public assistance programs, or household income and how many people live in your home. sdge.com/CARE
Family Electric Rate Assistance (FERA) Program: If you don’t qualify for CARE, you may for FERA. You could receive a 12% discount on your energy bill. FERA is only open to households with three or more people. sdge.com/FERA
Medical Baseline: This program has helped over 30,000 people, who have a qualifying medical need or medical device, to lower their energy costs. Household income isn’t a qualifying factor. sdge.com/medicalbaseline
Energy Savings Assistance (ESA) Program: You may receive free energy-saving improvements for your apartment, condo, house or mobile home; such as lighting, furnace repair, weather-stripping, attic insulation and select appliances like a refrigerator. sdge.com/ESAP
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¿Necesita ayuda con la factura de energía?
SDG&E tiene varios programas de asistencia para ayudar a reducir la factura mensual de energía y, al mismo tiempo, mantener su casa cómoda.
Programa de Tarifas Alternas para Energía en California (CARE): Ahorre un 30% o más cada mes en la factura. El cumplimiento de los requisitos se basa en la participación en ciertos programas de asistencia pública, o en el ingreso en el hogar y cuántas personas viven en su casa. sdge.com/CARE
Programa Familiar de Reducción de Tarifas Eléctricas (FERA): Si no cumple con las condiciones de CARE, tal vez sí reúna los requisitos para FERA. Podría recibir un 12% de descuento en la factura de energía. FERA está abierto únicamente para hogares con tres (3) miembros o más. sdge.com/FERA
Asignación Médica Inicial: Este programa ha ayudado a más de 30,000 personas, que tienen una necesidad médica o usan un dispositivo médico que los hace reunir los requisitos para bajar sus costos de energía. El ingreso en el hogar no es un factor para cumplir con las condiciones. sdge.com/medicalbaseline
Energy Savings Assistance (ESA) Program: Puede recibir mejoras gratuitas que ahorran energía para su departamento, condominio, casa o casa móvil, como iluminación, reparación del calefactor, tiras para aislar, aislamiento para el ático y aparatos selectos como un refrigerador. sdge.com/ESAP
Para detalles acerca de los programas de SDG&E, visite sdge.com/Assistance, llame al 1-800-311-7343 o envíe un mensaje de correo electrónico a firstname.lastname@example.org.
Articles – Business customers
Article 1: Empower employees to help save energy
Buildings don’t use energy – people do. Your employees affect a building’s energy performance. Many people already save energy at home. Show them the connections between those good behaviors and what they can do at work. It’s the little things that, when added together, can make a big difference.
High utility costs can be a result of paying for energy that is wasted by lights, equipment, and HVAC systems that are left on for long periods while not in use. According to Energy Star, office buildings waste up to one-third of the energy they consume. Your business can use less energy and lower its costs if you:
Educate your employees to turn off lights and equipment when not in use and enable the power management features on computer equipment.
Work with your facility management team to make sure systems are operating properly and then consider upgrades to enhance energy-efficiency.
Consider installing occupancy sensors in conference rooms, store rooms, or other areas not continuously occupied.
Schedule an energy audit for your facility. An audit can help identify problems, like heat loss, and give you a plan of action for making energy-efficient upgrades. Learn more at sdge.com/BES.
Read the EPA’s Building Upgrade Manual to help you plan and implement building improvements. And Energy Star provides a guidebook with ideas to help increase energy efficiency in your facility. Download the action workbook here. Learn more on how your business can save energy by visiting sdge.com/business.
Article 2: Ten energy-saving tips for small businesses
According to the EPA's ENERGY STAR program, U.S. small businesses together spend a whopping $60 billion on energy each year. Additionally, a survey conducted by the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) found that energy costs are a top-three business expense for more than one-third of the nation's small businesses.
But, small businesses also possess significant energy savings potential. Depending on the building and business type, small businesses can reduce their energy without sacrificing service or comfort. Here are some ideas:
Conduct an energy audit. SDG&E’s Business Energy Solutions program provides an on-site no-cost energy audit. Learn more at sdge.com/BES.
Get employees invested. Saving energy is a team sport, not the sole responsibility of the business owner. Encourage staff to share innovative ideas on how to cut down energy costs – creating an energy efficient work culture.
Plant trees. Plant shady trees outside of your business to keep your building cool and help clean the air. Depending on your location, vegetation can help weather the summer heat and chilly winter winds.
Plug leaks with weather stripping and caulking. It's important to locate any leaks in your business to prevent costly heating and cooling loss. You can easily plug leaks with weather stripping and caulking to more efficiently manage your ventilation.
Install occupancy sensors. Install dimmers and occupancy sensors in proper locations to automatically turn off lighting. It's important to ensure that the sensors are properly installed. Even good equipment can be installed incorrectly, such as, in an obstructed location (e.g. behind a coat rack, door, bookcase or other furniture).
Turn off unused equipment. Office computer monitors are an easy way to save on your business's energy bill as they use a lot of energy. Ensure that monitors are set on automatic sleep mode during non-working hours or are manually turned off when not in use. Screen savers do not reduce energy use by monitors.
Reduce paper usage. Paper and printing can be costly for your business. Print only when necessary and double-sided when you do. This will reduce paper waste and help cut the energy required to run your printer, which reduces your energy costs and may extend the life of your printer.
Install hand dryers. Install hand dryers instead of using paper towels. As paper towel dispensers need to be refilled, they are a constant, recurring cost and more expensive than automatic hand dryers in the long run. It’s also less mess.
Insulate your water heater. If your business's water heater is older than seven years, be sure to wrap it in insulation to retain water heat. Regardless of whether your water heater is old or new, insulate the first three feet of the heated water out pipe.
Examine your energy use online. You can track and monitor your business’s energy usage by signing up for My Account at sdge.com/myaccount. Build an energy action plan to help save energy and money.
Article 3: Featured Class of the Month: Smart Building Technologies for Energy Efficiency
Modern buildings today are equipped with technology-based systems to deliver optimum performance utilizing the least amount of energy. Understand the fundamentals behind these systems and how to apply them in your facility to track and improve building energy performance. Learn how to maximize your return on investments from these systems by knowing how to effectively manage, operate, and maintain these systems to sustain efficient energy performance in your buildings.
Date: Wednesday, May 22
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Where: SDG&E’s Energy Innovation Center at 4760 Clairemont Mesa Blvd., San Diego 92117.