With Southern Californians feeling the heat from an unexpected October heat wave, Southern California Edison (SCE) has called a Save Power Day for Oct. 3.

Customers taking part in the conservation program are notified a day earlier to start conserving energy between 2-6 p.m. on the designated day to help them earn up to $100 in bill credits per year. 

“We are in October now but the Southland is still experiencing high temperatures,” said Mark Wallenrod, SCE director of Program Operations. “By taking part in the Save Power Day program, SCE customers can help conserve energy for everyone and earn some bill credits too.”

National weather forecasts are predicting temperatures well above normal from San Diego to San Francisco over the next few days. The peak of the heat wave is expected on Saturday with some reprieve possibly beginning on Sunday. 

To sign up for the Save Power Day program, go to: SCE.com/takeaction. Customers can choose how they would like to be notified: phone, email or text.

On the days designated Save Power Days, customers who have signed up for the alerts will receive a message the day before. Customers earn $0.75 per kilowatt-hour reduced between 2-6 p.m.

Some ways customers can conserve energy include:

  • Setting or programming thermostats no lower than 78 degrees.
  • Using electric fans instead of air conditioning when practical.
  • Turning off unused appliances and equipment.
  • Shutting off lights when leaving a room.
  • Avoiding air conditioner use when evaporative coolers or humidifiers are running.
  • Operating energy-intensive appliances during early morning or evening hours.
  • Limiting how often you open your refrigerator door.

For more details and to sign up for Save Power Day alerts, visit SCE.com/takeaction. Customers can also get more energy-savings tips at Twitter.com/SCE.