SCE's Conserving Customers Save $20 Million So Far through State's 20/20 Summer Rebate Program

September 10, 2002

September 10, 2002

ROSEMEAD, Calif., Sept. 10, 2002 - Southern California Edison (SCE) has announced that 32% of its residential customers have received a 20% bill discount for using at least 20% less electricity in July than they did in July 2000. 

This translates into $20 million in rebates earned (or $12.69 per qualifying customer), made possible through the state's 20/20 summer rebate program.

"We commend our customers for continuing their strong pattern of energy conservation and efficiency this summer," said Pam Bass, SCE's senior vice president of customer service.   "We experienced nearly identical levels of conservation last summer, when the program began, which just shows that more and more customers are adopting the ethic of wise energy use as a way of life.  They deserve enormous credit for recognizing the value to them and to the state's fragile power supply."

Residential customers qualify for the 20/20 rebate by reducing energy consumption by 20% or more during July through October compared to the same billing period in 2000.   The rebate is automatically applied to qualifying bills.

SCE reminds those who did not earn the rebate on their recent bill that it is not too late to participate in the program.  More than 100 tips on how to save energy and money can be found at www.sce.com.  The Web site includes a free online home energy survey that allows customers to identify specific steps their family can take to reduce consumption.  And the site lists cash rebates available from SCE when customers upgrade to energy-efficient household devices such as programmable thermostats. 

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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 4.3 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.