Saving Money on your SDG&E Bill

Recently I posted on Facebook that I relented and turned on the heater. Usually, it’s not cold enough, and we are all big fans of cuddly sweaters and socks, and of course piles of soft blankets. The other night I wandered down the hall and the thermostat said 48 degrees- NOPE. I turned on the heater to 68 degrees.

Someone commented that they wish they could do that. I realize that being able to run the AC or Heater is a privilege that not everyone has. I was in that position a few years ago, and then I looked into some of the programs that SDG&E offers (and I’m sure other utility companies offer as well). These programs are on their site, but you really have to dig to find them.

Here are a few programs that might be helpful:

Medical Baseline Allowance Program:  The Medical Baseline Allowance Program provides an additional amount of gas and electricity at the lowest rates for residential customers.  It is not a discount or a rebate.

Anyone who uses certain medical devices or needs space heating or air conditioning because of a medical condition may qualify. CPAP machines are on the list of qualifying medical equipment, as well as about 20 other medical devices. All the information and application can be found here.

CARE and FERA programs: For families that receive various social services or are lower income, these programs can save you 30% or 18%, respectively. To learn more, and apply, click here. 

Energy Savings Assistance program: This is a great program that I took advantage of many years ago. An SDG&E contractor came out and did some work to make our home more energy efficient. They replaced the weather stripping on our front door, gave us energy-efficient floor lamps, and did a few other things. This program is for families that receive various social services or are lower income.

With natural gas prices rising this winter, if you are eligible for any of these programs, or think you might be, it is definitely worth taking a little time to check out these links.

Screen Shot 2016-08-03 at 5.02.27 PMAnd another way I try to save money is to use Ohm Connect.  We’ve been using it for a few years, and they text and/or email you when you should conserve more power due to the demand on the power grid. It’s a win-win situation: You save money on your power bill, and you earn points from Ohm Connect that you can cash out for Paypal, Amazon, or Target Gift Cards, OhmConnect store credit (to buy energy efficient thermostats, smart plugs, etc.) You can learn more about OhmConnect here. It’s for Southern CA, New York, or Texas Residents. We save about $200/year on our power bill and earn roughly $150 in rewards. It’s a nice little extra for minimal work.

12/17/2022 Weekly Round-up of Research Studies from PRC!

PRC aka iOpinion is a nationwide research study company. They are always running studies and looking for more respondents. They send me an email once a week with online studies they are looking to fill. Here are just a few:

Topic: Groceries
Incentive: $100
Who: Adults, 18+ years
Location: Online individual session
Duration: 5 mins pre-call / 60 minutes online session
Date(s): January 4-6, 2023
Take Survey

Topic: Beverages- January 2023
Incentive: $125
Who: Adults, 18-75 years old
Location: Comfort of your home
Duration: 60-min virtual shop along
Date(s): January 9-12, 2023
Take Survey

Topic:  Vehicles
Who: Adults, 25+ years old
Phase 1: 2.5-hour bulletin board – $325 incentive
Phase 2: 2-3 day adventure – $1,000+ stipend (only the best participants from phase 1 will be selected)
Phase 3: 3-hour in-home interview – $375 (if selected)
Location: Online and in-person
Date(s): January 9 – February 23, 2023
Take Survey

Topic: Gaming Consoles
Incentive: $150
Who: Adults, 18+ years old, who own and use a gaming console
Location: Online via webcam
Duration: 60 minutes
Date(s): January 10-11, 2023
Take Survey  

Topic: Personal Grooming
Incentive: $150
Who: Adults, 18+ years
Location: Online focus group
Duration: 5 min pre-call / 60 minutes online focus group
Date(s): January 10 – 12, 2023
Take Survey

Topic: Household Products
Incentive: $200
Who: Adults 18-64
Location: Online Discussion Board
Duration: 2-hour group + homework
Date(s): January 11 – 12, 2023
Take Survey 

Topic: Financial Services
Incentive: $150
Who: Adults, 18+ years
Location: Online individual session
Duration: 5 mins pre-call / 60 minutes online session
Date(s): January 11 – 17, 2023
Take Survey