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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 sdge.com/alerts.

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 sdge.com/highusage.

 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 sdge.com/plan. Use our emergency checklists to put your plans in writing. Visit sdge.com/checklists 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 ReadyforWildfire.org. For more tips on emergency preparedness, visit sdge.com/emergency.

 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 sdge.com/smarttherm.

SDSU community weighs in on search for university’s next president

 

SAN DIEGO — For about two hours Monday, dozens of San Diego State University students, faculty and staff members lined up before a committee of California State University trustees to voice opinions on the qualities their next president should have.

The input varied and comments ranged from shrinking class sizes to growing housing units to bolstering transfer programs that benefit low-income students. Those ideas will be taken into consideration by members of the committee, who are tasked with creating a job description for the head of the university.

“Coming from the perspective of journalism, I think my unpolished, one word thought is transparency,” said Bey-Ling Sha, a professor in the SDSU School of Journalism and Media Studies. “You can’t tell us everything and we get that, but faculty and staff don’t always feel heard because our input is sought. …It seems to go into this void, and if our input cannot be used for whatever reason, it would be great to have a transparent reason for why that is.”

San Diego-area CSU trustee Adam Day, who chairs the committee, thanked everyone who weighed in on the matter, adding that it is challenging to find a campus president because it involves finding someone with a very unique skill set.

“It’s very challenging to thread that needle,” Day said.

Following public comment, the committee went behind closed doors, where they were expected to discuss the role of the committee in the search process, factor in the input they received during the meeting with what they each find to be the preferred attributes of the next president, as well as to confirm the schedule for future meetings. Over the next several months, the committee will review application and conduct interviews.

The committee includes trustees Silas Abrego, Lillian Kimbell, Hugo Morales and Rebecca Eisen, plus CSU Chancellor Timothy White. An advisory group that will be part of the committee includes former San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders, Associated Students President Chimezie Ebiriekwe, and Margaret Iwanaga Penrose, president and CEO of the nonprofit Union of Pan Asian Communities. Faculty members and other SDSU officials are also included.

The committee expect to complete the search and appoint a new president by early next year. As the search continues, longtime SDSU executive Sally Roush, who came out of retirement to take the interim presidential role, will remain at the helm.

Posted 3:54 PM, September 25, 2017, by
Source: Fox 5 News  http://fox5sandiego.com/2017/09/25/sdsu-community-weighs-in-on-search-for-universitys-next-president/

September Residential Messaging from SDG&E®

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 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.

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 sdge.com/alerts.

If you are a CARE customer, you’re currently receiving a monthly bill discount of up to 38%.  However, high electricity use may make you ineligible to continue receiving this discount. The re-verification process will start with a separate letter sent from our CARE Program team.

Article 2: 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 sdge.com/smarttherm.

Article 3: Switch to renewable energy

SDG&E is proud to be getting 100% renewable energy from SDG&E’s EcoChoice program. With this new option, you choose the percentage of your electricity you want to come from renewable sources – up to 100% – and every month you pay a small premium for that renewable energy. In turn, SDG&E buys renewable energy on your behalf from large, utility-scale generating facilities built specifically for the EcoChoice program.

We feel good about supporting the environment and even better? The facilities will be located in San Diego and Imperial Counties – that means we’re supporting the growth of renewables in our own backyard.

EcoChoice is also Green-e certified, which is North America’s leading voluntary certification program for renewable energy. It’s a required certification for the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED standard. This means the certification allows you to use your participation in EcoChoice to reduce your Scope 2 emissions and earn LEED points for use of green power.

If you’re interested in how you can get renewable energy, visit sdge.com/EcoChoice.

UPAC Volunteer: Refugee gives City Heights a big hand

Refugee gives City Heights a big hand

San Diego’s City Heights neighborhood struggles with crime and poverty and a shortage of everything from parks to doctors. But for 22-year-old resident Jhaga Mahat,the biggest challenge of living in City Heights is getting people to see it the way he does.

“When I tell people I live here, they say it’s a ghetto and there are a lot of gangs here. But for me, City Heights is not like that,” said Mahat, who came to San Diego in 2011 from a refugee camp in Nepal.  “When I got here, I saw a lot of diverse people, and I was kind of glad, because it felt like I was still at home. City Heights is more peaceful than people say, and I just want to improve the neighborhood. I want people to see the good side.”

With giving back on his mind and able hands at the ready, Mahat has become the go-to volunteer for the Union of Pan Asian Communities’ efforts to bolster the people and image of City Heights.

A nonprofit that provides health and human services to under-served ethnic populations in San Diego, UPAC popped on Mahat’s radar through the teen clubhouse sponsored by its Alliance for Community Empowerment Program.

Mahat discovered ACE shortly after he and his family moved to San Diego. He was a newly arrived freshman at Crawford High School in need of friendship and socialization. The ACE clubhouse in City Heights provided both, along with video games, volunteer opportunities and other activities designed to keep its young members away from gangs, drugs and other bad influences.

He came to ACE because he heard they had dancing and boxing video games, a big draw for a kid who spent his first 16 years living in a bamboo hut with no electricity and no trace of technology anywhere.

But Mahat ended up sticking around for the less material perks. The ACE program also emphasizes community outreach, and when Mahat helped feed the homeless for the first time, he knew he had found something special.

“I don’t know why, but after I helped feed the homeless that first day, I was very emotional,” Mahat said.

“I saw how they were living in tents, and I just appreciated so much that I live in a home now. I started to really appreciate what I have.”

Since then, Mahat has become a vital part of the ACE community-improvement team. He is a founding member of the organization’s fledgling Youth Business Enterprise program, which teaches local young people how to run a business.

The program recently opened its own printing business, and after spending hours learning how to operate the equipment needed for printing T-shirts, embroidering hats and printing on mugs and other promotional items, Mahat is teaching other Youth Business members how to do it.

Mahat has also put in many long, sweaty days helping to transform a former Vietnamese restaurant into the UPAC Neighborhood Enterprise Center, which organization members hope will become a neighborhood hub offering everything from Zumba sessions to ethnic cooking lessons.

“I don’t feel like a leader, but the other kids are curious, and I always like to help curious people,” Mahat said during an interview at the Neighborhood Enterprise Center, which will be the new home for the Youth Business program.

“I didn’t have a lot of opportunities growing up, but when I came here, I had the opportunity to go to school and do so many other things. Back in Nepal, there are people in refugee camps who don’t have the opportunities I have, and maybe they wish they could have a life like mine. So whatever they need me to do here, I will do.”

The center and its commercial kitchen opened in August, and ACE program supervisor Dante Dauz says he couldn’t have done it without Mahat’s help.

“He is always my first call,” Dauz said. “Anytime there is any community event in City Heights, he is the first one out there and the last one to leave. The other kids look up to him a lot more than he thinks. He is impacting a lot of the youth here, and he doesn’t even realize it.”

The oldest of four, Mahat was born in a refugee camp in Nepal, after his parents fled there to escape political unrest and violence in Bhutan. Life in the camp was not terrible, but it was hard. The huts were small and the camp was crowded. Every summer, people would succumb to the heat and to the fevers that came with it.

A free education was offered to children in first through 10th grade. After that, school was no longer free. In 2011, just after Mahat finished ninth grade, the family moved to San Diego. He was re-enrolled in ninth grade at Crawford High School, where neither his limited grasp of English nor his lack of a social network could dim his enthusiasm for his new country.

“When I got here, I had a hard time communicating with people, but I really liked this place,” Mahat said with a shy smile. “When I got to school, I felt welcome. I remember one teacher playing ‘Good Morning’ from ‘Singin’ in the Rain’ in the morning, and that is still my favorite song.”

After graduating in 2015, Mahat took some time off from school to work in construction. He has since taken some general education classes at San Diego City College, and he plans on taking more. He is interested in photography and design, and he is looking forward to figuring out how to do repairs on his used car.

He doesn’t know where the future will take him, but Jhaga Mahat does know one thing for sure. He wants to make things better for the community that did its best to make a refugee feel at home.

“This is what makes me happy,” he said, looking around the cavernous room he helped whip into shape. “I don’t know how to say it, but this is just my thing. I’m not good at talking or communicating with people, but helping out without saying anything, that is my strength.”

SDG&E August Message!

August 2017 Residential Messaging from SDG&E®

Article 1:  You may qualify for a discount on your SDG&E bill

SDG&E offers several Assistance Programs to help lower your monthly bill while making your home more comfortable. Read more to determine if you qualify:

  1. CARE: With the California Alternate Rates for Energy (CARE) Program, you can save every month on your bill. Eligibility is based on current household income or participation in certain public assistance programs and the number of people living in your home. To apply call 211 or connect at com/care.
  2. Medical Baseline: The Medical Baseline Allowance Program has helped over 30,000 people – who have a qualifying medical need or medical device – to lower their energy costs. Contact us if someone in your household has:
  • A compromised immune system or life-threatening illness
  • Any condition where additional heating and air conditioning is medically necessary to sustain a person’s life
  • One of the qualifying devices listed on the application

Household income is not a factor for qualifying, but a doctor’s certification on the application is required. To apply call 1-800-411-7343 or connect at sdge.com/medicalbaseline.

  1. Energy Savings Assistance (ESA) Program: We’ll provide free energy-saving improvements to your apartment, condo, house or mobile home. You may receive free lighting, furnace repair, weather-stripping, attic insulation and select free appliances such as a refrigerator. Call 1-866-597-0597 or connect at com/esap to find out if you qualify. Renters need permission from their landlords to receive these free services.

Article 2: Getting your energy-saving products and rebates just got easier 

Looking for an easy way to shop for energy-efficient products and even get some cash back from your new purchase? With our enhanced SDG&E Marketplace, shopping and finding rebates is easier than ever. You can now:

  • Create a private and secure profile, and save your product searches
  • Receive price-change alerts for your favorite products
  • Apply for rebates with an easier online process

Along with these new features, SDG&E Marketplace is still the place to comparison shop and find the best price from recognized retailers, as well as explore a variety of other helpful items like appliance estimated energy savings and popularity ratings for your favorite products. We’ve also added new merchandise and product categories.

SDG&E Marketplace continues to be your one-stop-shop for energy-saving items for your home. Visit marketplace.sdge.com today.

Article 3: Want a smart thermostat? Don’t miss this offer. 

You can earn up to $125 when you purchase and install an eligible smart thermostat and sign up for Reduce Your Use 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. You can compare prices, purchase directly from a variety of local retailers and have your device shipped directly to you. Learn more at sdge.com/smarttherm.

 

NEW: UPAC Rocks Facebook Page

Below message by:  Sandra Knickerbocker

“UPAC Rocks began with the sole purpose of spreading joy, kindness, and a sense of community through creativity and was inspired by the Santee Rocks Facebook Group.  The idea is to decorate rocks with paint, chalk, or markers and to hide them in various locations to brighten someone’s day. For longevity, rocks should be covered with a sealer.  If you find a painted rock that you can’t bear to part with, please keep it, but replace it with one of your own creations.  This is a kindness project, and kindness has no boundaries!

Group Rules:
1. Please feel free to take your rock to another town, state or country to hide and share.
2. Do not decorate rocks with glue-on accessories. These will eventually fall off and become litter and a hazard to wildlife.
3. Be sensitive to the environment and do not remove rocks from or hunt in protected habitats, and please follow all rules of the parks and trails you visit.
4. Avoid hiding in large chain stores, and be respectful of small businesses and private property.
5. Don’t hide in grass where lawn mowers roam or in other hazardous locations.
6. Keep all posts kind, and free of rants and drama, political opinions, foul language, or business advertising and all pictures family-friendly. Members who violate these standards will be deleted.
7. Above all, use common sense and remember our mission. We want to spread happiness in our community, and in no way wish to be a nuisance, distraction, or hazard.

“Rocks reflect the opinions and attitudes of the individual artists, and not those of the administration or UPAC organization.  UPAC cannot be held responsible for the actions of individual group members.”

This is meant to be fun for all ages and abilities, so get creative and get outside!  Thank you for being such an important part of this community. Peace, love and joy!

SDG&E: Energy Message & Tips for June

Make this a cool summer with a new smart thermostat

Purchase an approved smart thermostat and enroll in SDG&E’s Reduce Your UseSM Rewards – and you’ll receive a $50 Visa® gift card. Plus, you can earn another $25 for each summer you participate in the Rewards program. Visit sdge.com/byot to find out if you qualify.

You can find and purchase a selection of eligible smart thermostats by visiting the SDG&E Marketplace. With this online tool, customers can compare prices, estimated energy savings, product features and popularity ratings across thousands of home appliances and electronics. Some of the products qualify for online rebates, and SDG&E Marketplace makes the rebate application process easier than ever. For more information, visit marketplace.sdge.com.

Trying to beat the heat?

Cool Zones are places where senior citizens and people with special needs can comfortably escape mid-day summer heat and reduce their air-conditioning use, which helps save on energy costs.

Cool Zones are established by the County of San Diego Aging and Independence Services (AIS) and this year are open to the public from May 4 to October 31, 2017. There are currently more than 100 Cool Zones that provide service to some of the hottest areas in the San Diego region. They are located in senior centers and other public buildings.

Find your nearest Cool Zone at sdge.com/czonesites or call the County of San Diego at 800.510.2020 and press 6.

Comfort you can count on

Is your heating and A/C system getting quality care? Pay only $50 to receive a System Assessment and Improvement ($300 value) visit. You have two options for payment. When the contractor comes to your home, you can either:

  • Pay $50 to the contractor and they will receive $250 SDG&E rebate check
  • Pay $300 to the contractor and you will be sent the $250 SDG&E rebate check

A qualifying contractor will thoroughly inspect your system and equipment, change the air filter, and clean the condenser coil. You will receive a detailed report showing any additional maintenance or repairs you may need – along with more rebates to offset the costs. Find out if you qualify by calling A/C Quality Care at 800.289.2440 or visiting www.acqualitycare.com

-Message from SDG&E, Residential Energy in June