July 21, 2009

Media Contact: Vanessa McGrady, (626) 302-2255

ROSEMEAD, Calif., July 27, 2009 — With summer’s hot days upon us, and the accompanying increased electricity usage, Southern California Edison (SCE) is offering its customers dozens of ways to cool down and save on electricity bills. 

“There are so many simple things customers can do to save energy this summer,” said Gene Rodrigues, SCE’s director of Energy Efficiency. “We’re offering free and low-cost solutions so that people can stay cool and comfortable, while putting the chill on high summer bills.”

Customers can do their part to help ensure grid reliability by shifting their major energy use to off-peak hours when the demand on the electricity grid is low. Some examples of this could be doing laundry, running the dishwasher or power tools in the early morning and evening hours.

Dramatic savings can be found in the garage or in the basement where many people keep old, energy-guzzling refrigerators that can add up to $330 a year in electricity costs. With a quick phone call or the click of a mouse, customers can arrange to have SCE pick up the unit at no charge. In return, customers are paid $50, which they can keep or turn into a tax-deductible donation to the Energy Assistance Fund to help those having trouble paying electricity bills. In addition, the purchase of an ENERGY STAR-qualified model earns a $50 rebate. (www.sce.com/refrigerator)

Some other easy ways to save are:

  • Line it up: When you line-dry your laundry, clothing will last longer and you can save about $120 a year in electricity costs. Customers can also save on laundry products: The sun is a natural whitener, so there is no need to buy bleach. If you hang clothing out to dry, there is no static cling so there is no  need to buy dryer sheets.
  • Push-button cooking: Using a microwave or toaster oven to reheat or cook small portions can save about 80 percent of the energy that customers would
    use doing the same on an electric stove. Also, it will reduce the need for air conditioning in the summer.
  • Set and forget: Set the thermostat to 85 degrees when you are out for the day  and to 78 degrees when at home to save up to $120 per year. If it is still too warm, run a fan to make it five degrees cooler, and still save energy.
  • Get some shuteye: Set computers and other electronic devices  to “sleep” mode when they are idle. Make sure they are all plugged into a power strip that is shut off when not in use – that will save up to $86 a year in energy costs. Household electronics account for about 15 percent of the average electricity bill.
  • Light up your life: Compact fluorescent bulbs (CFLs) use only a quarter of the energy as a regular bulb, and last up to 10 times longer. If every household in California switched out five bulbs and replaced them with CFLs, the state would avoid the equivalent of producing greenhouse gases from 400,000 cars. In addition, CFLs create hardly any heat, reducing the need for air-conditioning. (www.sce.com/cfl)

Take the survey: Take a free home energy efficiency survey online, over the phone or in person and learn more customized ways to save. (www.sce.com/survey)

For more tips, visit www.sce.com/tips to find videos and dozens of other ways to save energy, money and the environment.

About Southern California Edison
An Edison International (NYSE:EIX) company, Southern California Edison is one of the nation’s largest electric utilities, serving a population of nearly 14 million via 4.9 million customer accounts in a 50,000-square-mile service area within Central, Coastal and Southern California.


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Southern California Edison Offers Ways to Save Energy and Money During Hot Summer Days