SDG&E Residential Messaging – October

Article 1: High usage charge starts November 1

As part of California’s continued efforts to encourage people to use less energy, a new State-mandated High Usage Charge (HUC) goes into effect November 1, 2017. This charge will apply to residential customers whose electricity use is more than four times the amount of their Baseline Allowance. Understanding your Baseline Allowance may help you manage your energy use to avoid this charge. Use this calculator to find out your Baseline Allowance. The HUC is a higher price per kilowatt-hour above tier 2.

By subscribing to High Usage alerts, you’ll know in advance that your usage will trigger the high-use charge. These alerts will let you know both before and when you start getting charged for high usage. You can choose to receive email or text alerts at

If you are a CARE customer, high electricity use may make you ineligible to continue receiving this discount. If you exceed four times the amount of your baseline allowance, you’re subject to both the High Usage Charge and eligibility re-verification. Consider making changes to your home’s energy use so you can avoid the High Usage Charge. If eligible the Energy Savings Assistance Program can help. For more information about the High Usage charge visit

 Article 2: Plan for safety with tips, videos and checklists

If you suddenly had to deal with an emergency such as a fire or earthquake, would you know what to do? Your safety may depend on how well-prepared you are. Here are some resources to help you get started. Learn the basics in our video, “Emergency Preparedness: Make a Kit and a Plan,” at Use our emergency checklists to put your plans in writing. Visit for checklists on a family emergency plan, evacuation plan, training and drills, and emergency supply kits for home and vehicles. Protect your home in case of wildfire. Get Cal Fire tips and videos on creating defensible space and hardening your home at For more tips on emergency preparedness, visit

 Article 3: Earn up to $125 when you purchase and install a smart thermostat

Here’s what you need to do:

  1. Purchase and install an approved smart thermostat
  2. Upload your purchase receipt to SDG&E’s online Marketplace, and receive a $50 rebate
  3. Enroll in Reduce Your Use Thermostat, and receive an additional $50 – $75

Visit SDG&E’s Marketplace to find a selection of eligible smart thermostats online. You can compare prices, purchase directly from a variety of local retailers and have your device shipped directly to you. Learn more at