SDG&E urges customers to reduce power usage as temperatures soar

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SAN DIEGO -- San Diego Gas & Electric is urging utility customers to cut back on their power usage Monday as temperatures across the county continue to skyrocket.

The utility has enough electrical capacity to meet the expected demand, but officials are asking residential customers to ease the strain on the electric grid by reducing power consumption between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m.

Those enrolled in the SDG&E's Reduce Your Use program can earn a credit of 75 cents per kilowatt hour saved. Customers can sign up at

SDG&E officials suggests using a fan instead of air conditioning; raising thermostats by four to six degrees; unplugging chargers and power strips; running major appliances before 11 a.m. or after 6 p.m.; and turning off pool pumps between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m.