Trim Your Expenses This Holiday Season with Elfie’s 10 Energy-“Elf-icient” Tips

Season's Greetings! I'm Elfie, and from the North Pole, where I encounter both the naughty and the nice elves, I've noticed that the nicest ones tend to be energy-"elf-icient"—just like me. 

This holiday season, as part of my elf duties, I’m going to share some tips on achieving "elf-iciency." Remember, when you use energy matters, and utilizing less energy from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. is not only good for the environment but also for your budget. Below, I've compiled a list of 10 savings tips that will help you be green while saving green (...green is one of my favorite colors!) 

Save money and the planet by becoming more elf-icient! 

Learn more winter energy-saving tips at sdge.com/MyEnergy


1. Jingle Bills!  

Shift your merry chores like laundry and dishwasher festivities outside the on-peak hours of 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Save even more by doing laundry before 2 pm on the weekends 

2. Unplug and ho-ho-save!  

Unplug your tiny gadgets and electronic wonders when they're not spreading joy. It could save your cozy household up to $100 a year! Gift yourself a power strip with on/off control for extra savings, especially between 4 p.m. and 9 p.m. 

3. Toasty Savings!  

Wrap older water heaters in snug insulating jackets and set the temperature to a toasty 120 degrees F (or lower). It's like giving your water heater a warm, fuzzy scarf! 

4. 'Tis the season for festivities, so wrap your home in energy-efficient warmth! 

Shield door and window drafts with top-notch weather-stripping to keep the good times and the warmth rolling! 


5. Get down low with Santa!  

Save as much as 10% a year on heating and cooling by lowering your thermostat 7°-10°F for 8 hours a day from its usual setting—health permitting, of course. Maximize your savings by using a smart thermostat to reduce heating during on-peak hours.  

6. Keep your furnace fairy-clean! 

Check and replace your furnace filter. Dirty air filters can increase energy costs and create a dust storm that even Santa wouldn't approve of! 

7. Use less hot cocoa... I mean, water!  

The longer you let the hot water stream, the higher your energy use and bills. Running your hot faucet for five minutes uses about as much energy as 22 hours of light from a 60-watt light bulb. So, save your energy for the holiday festivities! 


8. Sign up for Enchanted Alerts in My Account! 

Log into My Account (myaccount.sdge.com) to enroll in Energy Alerts and sign up for text or email notifications when your usage reaches the dollar amount limit that you set. It's like having a magical crystal ball for your energy costs! 

9. Sign Up for Level Pay! 

This budgeting tool automatically evens out the monthly highs and lows, creating a harmonious energy bill that dances to the beat of your budget. Visit sdge.com/lpp and have your account number handy. 

10. My Energy Charts: Unlock the magic of energy control! 

Taking command of your energy bill has never been more whimsical. Sign into My Account for easy-to-use features that help you track your energy use and predict your bill. It’s like energy management in the palm of your hand!