Category Archives: SDG&E

Public Safety Power Shutoff and Homeowners Insurance to be Discussed at Community Preparedness Meeting

Poway Neighborhood Emergency Corps (PNEC) will host its bi-monthly community preparedness meeting on Thursday, November 14th, from 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm at Council Chambers, 13325 Civic Center Road. This is an open meeting for all community members. SDG&E will present on the recent Public Safety Power Shutoff Program and address the medical baseline application process for those that depend on electricity for medical equipment. An insurance broker will discuss the importance of homeowners insurance, what you should have, and what to do if you receive a cancellation notice. RSVP is not required.

For more information on PNEC, go to www.powaynec.com.

REDUCE HEATING COSTS THIS WINTER

Much like summertime, when you see your energy bills spike from using the A/C too often, wintertime is no different – but for opposite reasons. Rather than keep cool, you’ll be trying to stay warm! It’s no surprise that heating costs can take a toll on your budget and even cause unnecessary stress. But did you know that electric heating systems can total as much as 40% of your electric bill every month? While natural gas furnace heating can total more than half of your natural gas bill, there are several ways you can combat home heating costs and lower your electric bill.

If you’d like to cut your energy expenses and contribute to reducing environmental emissions, check out these six no-cost and low-cost tips and prepare to save:

  1. Consider using programmable thermostats or time clocks that regulate temperature, setting them at comfortable temperatures while awake and only lowering them when you sleep or are out of the house.
  2. Use the sun to your advantage and naturally heat your home throughout the day by keeping curtains that face the sun open.
  3. Cover the inside of your window frames with clear plastic sheets to keep the heat from escaping your home or install insulated shades/drapes.
  4. Use a portable space heater to warm up the rooms you spend the most time in, if possible.
  5. If you have a fireplace, ensure the damper is closed to prevent the cold from coming in and the heat from escaping. And if you don’t use your fireplace, consider sealing/plugging the chimney flue.
  6. Keep your heating systems in top shape by scheduling maintenance and changing the filter once a month (or when necessary).

For more tips to reduce your energy usage, visit sdge.com/energy-tips.

Receive free energy alerts to keep your budget on track

Receive free energy alerts to keep your budget on track

Watch your energy use and costs with email or text alerts from SDG&E. Energy alerts can help you set monthly spending goals, track your progress and get automated alerts to stay in control and on budget. Alerts you can sign up for include:

  • Your pre-set spending goal was exceeded
  • Your pre-set electric or gas use level was exceeded
  • You’ve moved into a higher-priced electric tier
  • A weekly energy use summary with all this information plus energy saving tips

How to subscribe to alerts:

  • Log into My Account
  • Look for Alerts & Subscriptions at the top
  • Click on Alerts
  • Click on Subscribe next to the type of alert
  • Select the email addresses and phone numbers to receive alerts

To learn more, visit sdge.com/alerts.

Save energy at home this summer

Save energy at home this summer

We understand that no one likes higher-than-expected energy bills. Here are some tips to reduce your energy use during the warmer months – without sacrificing your family’s comfort.

  • Tilt blinds up and close drapes on windows that receive direct sunlight.
  • Open windows in the evening to let cooler air in when safe.
  • Run your ceiling fan while your A/C is on; this will allow you to raise your thermostat about 4 degrees while maintaining the same level of comfort.
  • Enable “power management” on all computers and turn off when not in use.
  • Wash clothes in cold water. About 90 percent of the energy used in a clothes washer goes to water heating.
  • Postpone using heat-producing appliances like the oven, dishwasher and clothes dryer after 9 p.m.
  • On hot afternoons, consider leaving home, and going someplace cool like the shopping mall, movie theater or library.

Check out SDG&E’s one-minute video tips for more energy-saving ideas on cooling, weatherization, refrigerators, home electronics, indoor/outdoor lighting and pools.

SDG&E: Receive free energy alerts to keep your budget on track

Watch your energy use and costs with email or text alerts from SDG&E. Energy alerts can help you set monthly spending goals, track your progress and get automated alerts to stay in control and on budget. Alerts you can sign up for include:

  • Your pre-set spending goal was exceeded
  • Your pre-set electric or gas use level was exceeded
  • You’ve moved into a higher-priced electric tier
  • A weekly energy use summary with all this information plus energy saving tips

How to subscribe to alerts:

  • Log into My Account
  • Look for Alerts & Subscriptions at the top
  • Click on Alerts
  • Click on Subscribe next to the type of alert
  • Select the email addresses and phone numbers to receive alerts

To learn more, visit sdge.com/alerts.

2017 Poway Emergency Fair Photos

The 2017 Poway Emergency Fair was well-attended and a great source of information on emergency preparedness. In addition to First Responders, community service organizations, and local providers of products and services, Amateur Radio operators conducted an “Extreme Fair Weather Drill” to demonstrate the use of Ham Radio in an emergency.