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Do you qualify for the free energy rewards program?

Utility customers in California are being paid to reduce their energy use this summer.

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This energy rewards program will run through the end of October.

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What are the program requirements?

The Power Saver Rewards Program is offered by Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E). The program rewards people for reducing their energy use. The reward events kick in on hot summer days between 4pm and 9pm. Read more about it here.

The rewards kick in during those times because that is when demand is the highest. Customers will be notified on the days that the rewards are being activated. Signing up is free, but you do have to meet some criteria to qualify:

  • Be a PG&E customer in California
  • Have a SmartMeter
  • Not be enrolled in a conflicting PG&E energy program

Participants are asked to:

  • Keep their thermostats to 78 degrees or higher
  • Turn off lights
  • Take a break from using appliances

In doing these, participants will receive a credit to their energy bill. Customers will get $2 per kilowatt hour (kWh) for reducing their energy use during the reward events.

The credits will be paid in the beginning of the following calendar year. They will also get an end of season report showing the amount of energy saved.

The Power Saver Reward has a limit of 60 hours per year. This adds up to a potential $120 in savings.

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