Summer might officially be coming to an end but in San Diego, it’s the time of year when the heat really picks up - and so can cooling costs for your business. Coupled with the impacts of COVID-19, it’s even more important to familiarize yourself with your available pricing plans, programs and tips to help you manage your energy costs the best way for your unique business.
Business summer saving tips
Tip #1: Know your energy pricing plan.
Energy costs are about how much energy your business uses and when. If you’re on a plan that participates in event days, your business could be called to conserve energy between 2 to 6 p.m. when there is high demand in the power grid. If you’re unable to conserve, this could add considerable energy costs, which means this may not be the right plan for you. Make sure your business is on the right plan by logging into MyAccount.
Tip #2: Ensure efficient cooling.
Cooling costs account for 40% of energy costs for commercial buildings. This means ensuring your HVAC system is maintained according to manufacturer’s instructions can make a big difference. Make sure condenser coils are cleaned, change filters, and regularly check ducts and pipe insulation for damage.
Tip #3: Save on lighting.
Install energy-efficient lighting equipment like LED bulbs, and keep them on a motion sensor so they turn off automatically when not in use. You can get more information on efficient lighting here.
Tip #4: Shut down equipment when not in use.
Power down computers, monitors, printers, and other equipment when not in use. Upgrading to models that shut down or hibernate after some time of inactivity can also help you save on your energy bill.
Tip #5: Sign up for alerts.
You can sign up for alerts that could help you track your energy usage or notify you in the event of a power outage on your MyAccount.
Remember, you’re not in this alone. If you have questions about your business account or are having trouble paying your bill, you can always give us a call at 1-800-336-7343 or visit sdge.com/assistance.