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SDG&E triggers Reduce Your Use program amid high temperatures

Posted: 8:03 AM, Aug 06, 2018
Updated: 2018-08-07 12:20:57Z

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - San Diego Gas & Electric is urging its customers to save energy as temperatures increase across the county.

The utility is activating its “Reduce Your Use” program from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesday. In a tweet, SDG&E said the activation was due to “forecasted record temperatures expected to drive up demand on the power grid.”

Additional Reduce Your Use days could be added later in the week.

According to SDG&E, customers who are enrolled in the program can earn a bill credit of 75 cents per kilowatt hour saved or $1.25 credit per kilowatt hour saved with enabling technology like a smart thermostat.

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Customers can reduce power consumption by using fans or ceiling fans instead of running air conditioning systems, or by setting the AC at 78 degrees, running the AC in the morning to pre-cool a residence, closing drapes and blinds, running major appliances and pool pumps outside of peak-usage hours, and either unplugging televisions, cable boxes and gaming devices or hooking them up to a smart power strip.

Click here to learn more about SDG&E's Reduce Your Use program

As of Monday morning, officials have not issued a statewide Flex Alert .

During a Flex Alert, Californians are asked to conserve power if state utility officials determine there could be a potential energy supply shortage.