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8/28/2018 Member News
Why are summer energy bills higher?

Why are summer energy bills higher?

It’s been hotter than normal for longer periods of time and people have been using a lot of energy to keep their homes and businesses cool. In fact, the average temperature of nearly 80 degrees in July was the hottest month ever recorded in California’s history. 

  • This hotter weather has driven up energy use, and combined with higher summer pricing, customers are seeing much larger bills than normal. Summer pricing stems from a rise in electricity prices in the summer across the state as the weather heats up and there’s a high demand for energy.
  • There’s an increase in residential customers reaching the state-mandated High Usage Charge (HUC), which applies to electricity use that exceeds four times your average daily use. Visit to learn more.

The high usage charge was introduced to encourage energy efficiency. SDG&E doesn’t profit from the sale of electricity to our customers. The electricity purchased for your business is a direct pass-through to your bills.
Visit for ways to save energy this summer. Another helpful starting point is to log into or sign up for My Account at Within My Account, you can view your energy use, find out what your baseline is, and sign up for High Usage Charge alerts.