Discover simple ways to use less energy

Small changes in your routine, such as shifting power-hungry activities to the morning or evening can help ease the load on California's power grid. Knowing what to do on a SmartDay™ is the easiest way to save money on the SmartRate™.

Following are some tips to help you reduce your energy consumption on SmartDays and other days of the year.


  • Pre-cool your home. Allow cool air from the morning or night to flow into your home. As the temperature rises outside, circulate the pre-cooled air with a fan.
  • Shift your chores. Perform household chores that require power-hungry appliances before 2 p.m. or after 7 p.m. Examples include clothes washers, dishwashers, pool pumps and vacuums.
  • Program your air conditioner (AC). Set the AC to turn on after 7 p.m. if you use a programmable thermostat.
  • Reduce non-essential lighting. Reduce or turn off lighting in non-essential areas. Consider a motion sensor in areas you use less often.


Learn more about SmartRate

Download our Welcome brochure for program information and a list of ways you can reduce your energy usage.
Download brochure in English (PDF, 2.9MB)
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