SG&E offers incentive for customers to reduce use today

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SAN DIEGO — San Diego Gas & Electric will keep its incentive program for reduced power use in effect again Friday amid a record-setting heat wave accompanied by high humidity.

The utility said that while it has enough resources to meet the expected demand, residential customers can ease the strain on the electric grid by reducing power consumption between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m.

Highs of 82 to 87 degrees are forecast today for the coast, 87 to 92 degrees in inland areas, 89 to 94 in the valleys, 84 to 92 in the mountains and 98 to 103 degrees in the deserts.

A slight chance of afternoon and early evening thunderstorms stemming from monsoonal moisture is also in the forecast. The National Weather Service pegged the chance at measurable precipitation at 20 percent in the valleys and deserts, and 40 percent for the mountains.

Those enrolled in the Reduce Your Use program are eligible to earn a bill credit of 75 cents per kilowatt hour saved or $1.25 credit. Customers can go to the company’s website at www.sdge.com to sign up for the program and obtain further details.

To cut back on energy use, the utility suggests using a ceiling or portable fan instead of air conditioning; raising thermostats by four to six degrees; running major appliances before 11 a.m. or after 6 p.m.; unplugging chargers and power strips; and turning off pool pumps between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m.