SAN DIEGO (CNS) - San Diego Gas & Electric's "Reduce Your Use" program will go in effect Saturday because of the extreme heat in the forecast.
Customers can get a little money off their bill if they cut back on power usage between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m.
Under the program, customers who cut back energy use during those peak hours receive 75 cents off their bill for every kilowatt hour saved. The utility calculates a customer's power reduction by comparing it to usage during five similar days in the past, according to Allison Zaragoza of SDG&E.
One kilowatt hour in savings is roughly equivalent to getting a couple of loads of laundry done earlier in the morning or waiting until evening, Zaragoza said.
Temperatures soared into triple-digits Friday around San Diego County, setting records across the region, and could be even higher Saturday.
Customers can sign up at sdge.com to be alerted when the company declares a "Reduce Your Use" day.