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May 31, 2005 > PG&E Announces 20/20 Summer Savings

PG&E Announces 20/20 Summer Savings

The unofficial start of the summer season is Memorial Day weekend, which is also when Pacific Gas and Electric Company kicks off its 20/20 Summer Savings Program. Beginning June 1, nearly four million residential, agricultural and small business customers can save an additional 20 percent on their summer electric bill by reducing their electricity use.

The 20/20 Summer Savings Program runs June 1 through September 30 for eligible customers who are able reduce their cumulative electric usage by 20 percent when compared to the same four months in 2004. It is a double win for customers as they will not only save money on their summer electric bills, but they will receive a credit equal to 20 percent of the total electric charges billed for the four summer months. Customers will receive the 20 percent credit on their October bill.

Residential, agricultural and small business customers who have been at their same location for the past 12 months are automatically eligible for the program-there is no sign up involved. Customers who are eligible will receive a message with program eligibility information printed on their June bill. If a customer is not eligible, then no message will appear. Eligible customers will also receive a letter notifying them of the 20/20 Summer Savings Program so they can start reducing their usage beginning June 1.

This summer's program is somewhat different from the 20/20 programs offered in 2001 and 2002. During that time, customers who reduced usage during any one of the program's four months earned a 20 percent rebate for that respective month. This year, eligible customers must reduce electric usage over the entire four months of the program (June 1 through September 30). However, the 20 percent reduction is cumulative, so a customer can reduce by 17 percent in one month and then 23 percent in next and so on, as long as the combined reduction equals 20 percent for the entire four qualifying months.

PG&E is offering customers a way to help reach the 20 percent goal, through PG&E's Customer Service Online feature. Customers can log in and see a customized, monthly report on how they are progressing toward their goal. In addition, they will find several energy-saving tips and tools. For 20/20 Summer Savings Program details, visit

Here are some of the top ten energy-saving tips for your home or business:

  1. Set thermostat at 78 degrees
  2. Set thermostat at 85 degrees when you are away four hours or more
  3. Purchase energy-efficient lighting for your home and business
  4. Turn off lights, office equipment, and computer monitors when not in use
  5. Unplug or recycle your second refrigerator
  6. Purchase Energy Star(r) appliances and equipment
  7. Use appliances after 7:00 p.m.
  8. Switch pool filter and sweep to off-peak hours (peak hours are noon to 6:00 p.m.)
  9. Irrigate during off-peak hours
  10. Install motion detectors, dimmer switches, or timers

The California Public Utilities Commission directed all three investor-owned utilities to present an incentive program similar to the 20/20 program offered during the energy crisis. The goal is to empower customers to help ensure adequate supplies of electricity this summer and avoid any power emergencies.
For more energy saving tips, tools, rebates and information for your home or business visit
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