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PG&E’s Winter Gas Savings Program Helps Businesses Earn Bill Credit

Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) recently announced the start of its Winter Gas Savings program, which gives eligible business and residential customers an opportunity to earn an automatic bill credit of up to 20 percent for reducing natural gas usage during peak months.

Customers who lower usage during December 2012 and January 2013 by up to 10 percent will receive an equal percentage credit on their February or March gas bill. Those who conserve 10 percent or more will receive a 20 percent credit.

As a convenience, customers do not need to apply for credits, which will be determined automatically by comparing natural gas usage reductions this season to the three previous winters, adjusted for weather.

During last year’s program, nearly two million customers earned credits totaling $41 million.

Customers can track their progress toward earning bill credits using a web-based, Facebook-enabled Progress Tracker tool. Through the tracker, customers with a gas SmartMeter™ can easily compare their current estimated average daily usage to their three-year daily average to determine if they are on track to earn a bill credit. The Progress Tracker is available at www.pge.com/progresstracker and www.facebook.com/pacificgasandelectric.

Business customers can take simple steps to reduce natural gas usage and potentially qualify for the credit. Examples include:

  • Lower the thermostat to 68 degrees during the daytime, health permitting. 3 percent to 5 percent more energy is used for each degree the furnace is set above 68 degrees.
  • Use a programmable thermostat that allows you to easily adjust and regulate temperatures to avoid unnecessary heating costs, especially when your business is closed.
  • Keep your heating and ventilation systems tuned. Maintain a regular filter replacement and cleaning schedule. Don’t forget to check ducts and pipe insulation.
  • When buying new heating and ventilation units, choose ENERGY STAR.
  • Set the water heater to 120 degrees or the “normal” setting.
  • Insulate water heaters and supply pipes.
  • If possible, install ceiling and wall insulation.
  • Open window blinds and drapes on sunny days.

For additional tips, tools and resources for conserving natural gas, please visit www.pge.com/wintergassavings.

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