San Diego Gas & Electric will extend its "Reduce Your Use" promotion into a third day Saturday because of more hot weather in the forecast, the utility announced Friday.
In the program, customers who cut back power usage between the peak hours of 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. receive 75 cents off their bill for every kilowatt hour saved. The utility calculates a customer's power reduction by comparing it to usage in five similar days in the past, according to Allison Zaragoza of SDG&E.
One kilowatt hour in savings is roughly equivalent to getting a couple of loads of laundry done earlier in the morning or waiting until evening, Zaragoza said.
With high temperatures soaring into the 90s around most of San Diego County, the utility implemented the program Thursday for the first time and continued it Friday. The California Independent System Operator, which coordinates the power grid, called a "Flex Alert" for Friday, which also asks customers to save power. Cal-ISO indicated that no such declaration was likely to come over the weekend.
Customers can sign up at sdge.com to be alerted when the company declares a "Reduce Your Use" day.
-City News Service