March 2019 Post
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.
Ready to drive electric?
There are many perks to driving an electric vehicle (EV) or plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV). You help lower greenhouse gas emissions in your community, save on fuel and maintenance costs, and qualify for tax breaks. EVs are stylish and perform well, generating peak torque from a standstill. Watch a Tesla leave a Corvette in its dust! EVs have gone mainstream: you can find options for everything from sporty compacts and family sedans to SUVs and even high-performance hot rods! Home charging units have become sleeker and faster, and more and more charging stations are being built around town.
PlugStar™, a collaboration between Plug in America and San Diego Gas & Electric, simplifies the EV shopping experience. An online shopping tool provides everything you need to make your EV transition. Visit PlugStar.com/sdge to find information on EV options, pricing, rebates and incentives, and charging. You can also connect with a local PlugStar Certified Dealer who is trained to help you select an EV that’s right for you, your budget and lifestyle.
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