- Block heat from the sun: During the hottest hours of the day, cover windows to block the sun’s heat. Opening windows in the evening can help your home cool back down.
- Use ceiling fans: Ceiling fans are an efficient way to cool your home.
- Maintain your air conditioner: Follow manufacturer instructions for maintaining your air conditioning unit to ensure it’s operating efficiently. Change the filter every 1-2 months.
- Turn down your water heater by a few degrees: Many water heaters are set higher than the temperature we actually use. Reducing this by a few degrees can reduce your energy costs.
- DIY Project/Weatherproof your home: Weather strip and caulk drafty windows and doors to keep cool air in and warm air out.
If you’re on a Time-of-Use pricing plan, remember that shifting some energy use outside the hours of 4-9 p.m. can also result in savings on your energy bill. Regardless of your payment plan, if you’re worried about spikes in your energy bill during the summer, consider signing up for SDG&E’s Level Pay program. It averages your costs throughout the year, making your energy bill more predictable and easier to budget for. Learn more at sdge.com/lpp.
- Don’t chain or overload power strips: We know spending more time at home, especially when it’s hot, can lead to the need to plug in many devices. Be mindful of how many devices you plug in and never chain power strips together. Both can result in fire danger.
- Use air conditioners safely: Avoid plugging air conditioners into extension cords or power strips. Always keep the area around your air conditioning unit clear of anything that could easily catch fire.
- Clean clothes dryer vents and lint filters thoroughly: Cleaning dryer vents and lint filters not only help your machine run more efficiently, it also mitigates fire danger; a buildup of lint inside your dryer can be a fire risk.
Following home safety tips for fire prevention is a great first step to keep your home and family safe. Remember to prepare an emergency plan if a fire or other emergency happens in your area. You can find checklists to help make sure you and your loved ones are prepared at sdge.com/checklists.
SDG&E is committed to helping you stay safe and informed throughout the year. For more information on summer safety, efficiency tips and available programs to help with your summer energy costs, visit sdge.com/summer.