With Triple-Digit Heat Expected This Week in Many Locations Across California, PG&E Offers Energy Saving Tips to Reduce Impact of Hot Weather on Power Bills
As the state prepares for a heat wave that could send
temperatures soaring in parts of Northern and Central California
this week, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) encourages
customers to take steps to conserve energy to avoid bill surprises
as the mercury rises.
According to PG&E’s in-house meteorologists, temperatures
are forecast to begin climbing today and result in widespread
triple-digit heat across the interior valleys Friday and Saturday.
In the Bay Area, temperatures are expected to rise into the 80s and
90s and multiple spots along the coast could warm into the 70s and
As homes across the state crank up the air conditioning to
battle the high temperatures, this can put pressure not only on the
grid but also on energy bills as air conditioning is one of the
biggest drivers of energy consumption in the home that can increase
PG&E encourages customers to take simple and inexpensive
steps to minimize increases in their monthly energy bill this
summer while keeping the comfort inside their home.
At the same time, customers can also enroll in Bill Forecast
Alert, an optional Energy Alert that allows PG&E to send you a
notification by email, text or phone if your bill is expected to
exceed an amount set by you. This free and easy tool helps
customers better manage their monthly energy bill and gives them
time to reduce their home’s energy use before the next statement
In addition, thousands of income-eligible customers in
PG&E’s service area could save 18% on their monthly electric
bill by enrolling in the Family Electric Rate Assistance (FERA)
The FERA program gives discounts on electricity bills to
income-qualified households of three or more individuals, but
thousands of eligible customers have not yet signed up for the
program and are missing out on significant savings. Some may
overlook FERA thinking it only applies to families, or that income
qualifications are the same as a similar monthly 20% energy
discount program, California Alternate Rates for Energy Program
(CARE). In fact, any income qualified household that does not
qualify for CARE may be eligible for FERA as it has higher income
Energy saving tips
Pre-cool your home: The first wall of defense against the
heat is to use the air conditioner at the start of the morning or
overnight. Afterward, turn off appliances and dial the thermostat
to 78 F degrees or higher when home, health permitting. Every
degree above 78 F represents an approximately 2% savings on cooling
Shade the air conditioner: Keep outside AC equipment
shaded to keep the system cooler, while ensuring the air flow isn’t
blocked. Also, keep the area around the AC system clear and free of
overgrown vegetation or other items that could impact equipment
Use ceiling fans: Ceiling fans circulate cool air, taking
some of the burden off the AC system, and cost 90% less to run.
However, remember to turn fans off when leaving your home. Fans
move air, not cool it, so they waste energy if left on when no one
is at home or work.
Change air filters regularly: A dirty air filter makes
the AC system work harder, which uses more energy.
Close window coverings: Keep blinds, drapes and curtains
closed to help prevent the sun’s rays from heating the home.
Turn off unnecessary lights: Be sure to turn off lights
when leaving a room. Lights emit heat and can cause the AC system
to work harder.
Avoid using large appliances during peak hours: Don’t use
the washer, dryer or dishwasher during higher-priced times. Hang
laundry outside. Take advantage of late sunsets and warm evenings
to bypass your dryer and let your clothes air-dry.
Avoid using your oven on hot days: Instead, cook on the
stove, use a microwave oven or grill outside.
For more ways to save at home, click on PG&E’s easy-to-use
energy-saving checklist and pge.com/summer.
Pacific Gas and Electric Company, a subsidiary of PG&E
Corporation (NYSE:PCG), is a combined natural gas and electric
utility serving more than 16 million people across 70,000 square
miles in Northern and Central California. For more information,
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