SDG&E: Stay cool during the dog days summer!




No one likes higher-than-expected energy bills. Here are some tips to reduce your energy use during the warmer months – without sacrificing your family’s comfort.


  1. Turn off ceiling fans when you leave the room. Remember that fans cool people, not rooms, by creating a wind chill effect.

  2. On hot days, avoid using the oven; cook on the stove, use a microwave oven, or better yet – grill outside!

  3. If you use air conditioning, a ceiling fan running concurrently will allow you to raise the thermostat setting about 4°F with no reduction in comfort.

  4. If you live in a climate where it cools off at night, turn off your cooling system and open your windows while sleeping. When you wake in the morning, shut the windows and blinds to capture the cool air.

  5. Avoid placing lamps or TV sets near your room air-conditioning thermostat. The thermostat senses heat from these appliances, which can cause the air conditioner to run longer than necessary.

  6. Minimize activities that generate a lot of heat, such as running a computer, burning open flames, running a dishwasher, and using hot devices such as curling irons or hair dryers.

  7. Water heating accounts for about 18% of the energy consumed in your home. Turn down the temperature of your water heater to the warm setting (120°F). You'll not only save energy, you'll avoid scalding your hands.

  8. Wash clothes in cold water. About 90 percent of the energy used in a clothes washer goes to water heating.

  9. Postpone using heat-producing appliances like the oven, dishwasher and clothes dryer to after 9 p.m.

  10. On hot afternoons, consider leaving home, and going someplace cool like the shopping mall, movie theater or library. Find a Cool Zone near you at


Watch SDG&E’s one-minute video tips for more energy-saving ideas on cooling, weatherization, refrigerators, home electronics, indoor/outdoor lighting and pools.


National Poison Prevention Week 2018

4 million poisonings occur each year, over half are children!

During National Poison Prevention Week – March 18-24, 2018, we want to remind everyone to be prepared in case of an emergency.  Program the Poison Control number in your cell phone and keep it near all phones 1-800-222-1212.  

The poison control number is available 24 hours a day – 7 days a week.  Calls are answered quickly and by trained experts.  When you call, you will receive valuable information and tips in case of a poison exposure.  All calls are confidential.

Most accidental poisonings can be prevented by taking simple steps around your home. 

Don’t Guess. Be Sure.

Text TIPS to 20121 for a weekly text on home and family safety




Job Recruitment


4 CVCC is currently accepting applications for the full time Program Manager / Case Management Supervisor position. Click here to see the full job description.



Increase the performance of your heating and cooling system


Increase the comfort of your home and the savings in your wallet through quality care of your heating and cooling system. The AC Quality Care Program provides you with specially trained contractors to keep your heating and cooling systems running at top performance.

Sign up, and you’ll receive a $250 initial rebate. You’ll also get the option to receive a comprehensive system assessment and improvement analysis: the cost is $50, but the improvements could save you hundreds of dollars each year.

The assessment includes:

  • A comprehensive inventory and assessment of your heating and cooling system
  • Energy efficient improvements, such as cleaning the condenser coil and changing the air filter
  •  Installing an efficient fan control device
  •  A diagnostic report that provides you with a roadmap to make informed decisions when considering advanced improvements of your system—in some cases, you may be eligible for rebates up to $1,250.

Learn more at



You may Qualify for a Discount on your SDG&E Bill



SDG&E offers several Assistance Programs to help lower your monthly energy bill while making your home comfortable.


  1. California Alternate Rates for Energy (CARE) ( Save 30% or more every month on your bill. Eligibility is based on participation in certain public assistance programs, or household income and how many people live in your home.

  2. Family Electric Rate Assistance (FERA) ( If you don’t qualify for CARE, you may for FERA. You could receive a 12% discount on your energy bill. FERA is only open to households with three or more people.

  3. Medical Baseline ( This program has helped over 30,000 people, who have a qualifying medical need or medical device, to lower their energy costs.

  4. Energy Savings Assistance (ESA) ( You may qualify for free energy-saving improvements to your apartment, condo, house or mobile home. Depending on your home, you may receive lighting, furnace repair, weather-stripping, attic insulation, and select appliances like a refrigerator.

    For details on any of these programs, visit, call 1.800.411.7343 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


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