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Save Power Days – Unplug for the Afternoon
How It Works
We call Save Power Days about 12 times per year, only on non-holiday weekdays. Once you enroll and set your alert preferences, we will notify you the day before a Save Power Day is called.
To participate, you’ll need to reduce your electricity usage between 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. during Save Power Days. Participation is voluntary: you don’t have to reduce your electricity usage and there’s no penalty for not doing so; however, the more energy you save during a Save Power Day, the more you can earn in bill credits.
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How We Calculate Bill Credits
Save Power Days vs. Summer Discount Plan
Two of our most popular savings incentives are Save Power Days and Summer Discount Plan. Each offers a unique way to save energy and earn bill credits: Save Power Days gives you the option to reduce energy use during planned events by turning off or unplugging appliances; Summer Discount Plan allows us to cycle off only your air conditioning during periods of high demand. Occasionally we’ll call a Save Power Day and Summer Discount Plan event on the same day, which means you can save even more! Learn more about Summer Discount Plan and enroll today to maximize your savings during the summer months.
Frequently Asked Questions
Am I eligible to participate in Save Power Days?
If you are a residential customer, and you have a Smart Meter installed at your home, you’re eligible to enroll in Save Power Days.
When will I receive my bill credits?
Your credits for any Save Power Days you participated in during a given billing period will appear in your monthly bill for that same billing cycle.
Can I view my bill credit in My Account online?
Yes, your bill credit will appear in My Account under “billed usage.” You will be able to see the accumulated bill credit you earned for the month, as well as on a per-event basis.
How to view your Save Power Day Savings
The credit you saved by participating in a Save Power Day event will be available on My Account after your next billing date following an event. Just follow these simple steps to see how Save Power Day is working for you!
- Log into My Account
- Upon logging in, you will be in the overview section of My Account. At the bottom left square you will find the “Billed Usage” section. Click on the “July 2014 in Detail” option. (the most recent billed month will be referenced)
- To see your Save Power Day credits earned choose the “View Save Power Day Incentive Event(s) option.
- Choose one of 3 ways to view the amount of money you have saved by participating on the Save Power Day Program
|By Individual Event||Bill Period Event(s)||Last 12 Months Event(s)|
Can I participate in Save Power Days if I have a smart thermostat or similar technologies?
Households with smart thermostats and other qualifying enabling technologies are offered an additional $0.50 per kWh saved in bill credits during Save Power Days events - that’s in addition to the $0.75 per kWh saved with Save Power Days.
Can I sign up for other bill credit programs?
Yes. In addition to Save Power Days, you can also participate in Summer Discount Plan.
Home Energy Guzzler
What's eating your energy? Is it the A/C? That extra fridge in the garage? The clothes dryer?
Don’t run an air conditioner and an evaporative cooler at the same time! You’ll make your air conditioner work twice as hard to get rid of the humidity produced by the cooler. Also, clean and replace filters frequently to get the most cooling for your money. Rebate
If you have an extra freezer that you really don't need, why spend money using it? SCE has a recycling program which will haul away your freezer for free and pay you $35. Recycle >
Check and clean the coils regularly, especially during the summer. Also, make sure your refrigerator and freezer doors seal airtight. One way to check this is to close a dollar bill or piece of paper in the door. If it pulls out easily, your refrigerator may need a door hinge adjustment or a new gasket. Rebate >
Run your dishwasher only when full, and use your dishwasher's automatic energy-savings cool-dry cycle. If your dishwasher doesn't have this feature, turn it off after the final rinse and let the dishes air dry. This can reduce energy usage by 40%.
Choose a heater that has been certified by a nationally recognized testing laboratory and that has a tip-over switch. Make sure your heater is at least three feet away from curtains, chairs, firewood, walls and anything else that can catch fire. If you must use an extension cord, make sure it’s marked with a power rating at least as high as your heater.
Dry lightweight and heavy clothes separately for more energy-efficient drying. Always clean the lint filter before every load. Remember to dry full loads without overloading, and you’ll use less electricity.
Do you know, you’ll get more out of your A/C by regularly cleaning or replacing your air conditioner's filter? Closing drapes and shades keeps direct sunlight from heating your home and lowers cooling costs. Or instead of relying on your air conditioner, use a portable or ceiling fan to circulate air. It uses less energy and costs less money.
Try setting it between 4 and no more than 6 hours. Also, an older power-hungry single-speed model may be costing you more money. Save even more with a two-speed or variable-speed pool pump. Replacement Program >
You can also save money by using microwave and toaster ovens, slow cookers, and electric skillets instead of larger ovens and stoves.