February 27, 2004

ROSEMEAD, Calif., Feb. 27, 2004 — Southern California Edison (SCE) today suggested several practical ways its customers can get themselves and their homes set for summer before the heat comes. 

“We encourage our customers to start preparing now for the hot summer ahead,” said Pam Bass, SCE’s senior vice president of customer service.  Take advantage of rebates for energy-efficient products to help save energy and money when temperatures rise.”

Following are four examples of energy-and money-saving home improvement products customers can buy and install to help manage their electricity usage. These products are eligible for SCE rebates. 

  • ENERGY STAR® programmable thermostats help maintain room temperatures within 2 degrees and save 20-30 % on cooling and heating bills.
  • ENERGY STAR®-labeled refrigerator—the largest single user of energy in many homes.
  • Energy-efficient ducted evaporative cooling systems reduce home temperatures up to 30 degrees in desert areas. This product uses only one-third of the energy of conventional air conditioning units.
  • Energy-efficient pool pumps and motors can help customers with backyard swimming pools save on their energy use.

SCE also recommends two tips that will help customers use energy more wisely when summer comes:

  • Set thermostats at 78 degrees.
  • Give appliances the afternoon off—run clothes washers, dryers and dishwashers after 6 p.m. and only when full.

SCE customers can call (800) 736-4777 with questions about the utility’s programs and services. More information and rebate applications also are available on the utility’s Web site, www.sce.com/summer:

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An Edison International company, Southern California Edison is one of the nation’s largest electric utilities, serving a population of more than 12 million via 4.5 million customer accounts in a 50,000-square-mile service area within central, coastal and Southern California.  For more information on the California electricity market, see www.sce.com.