How to keep heating costs down during the winter

San Diego may not have extremely cold temperatures, but electric and gas prices still make winter costs a concern.

San Diego syline with a cooler tone and clouds over the Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina.

San Diego looks beautiful, even when temps get a little cooler.

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Winter is right around the corner, and as temps drop, energy usage tends to go up. While San Diegans may no longer need to worry about record-high air conditioning costs, some locals are now sweating at the thought of heating prices. But, with strategic usage, locals can stay warm without burning through too much money.


Compared to the rest of the US, electric charges in the San Diego-Carlsbad metro area are a bit shocking: Rates are 47.5 cents per kilowatt-hour as of November 2023. This ranks our region among the most expensive in the nation, so if you’re a SDG&E customer, familiarize yourself with different plans and peak energy usage times.

Customers are encouraged to do a home audit, checking for air leakages in walls and ceilings — especially doors and windows, chimneys, and air vents. Also inspect appliances, and if repairs or replacements are needed, check for Golden State Rebates. SDG&E encourages ENERGY STAR appliances when making purchases.


If you’re a natural gas customer, experts expect rates will be high this winter, but are unlikely to reach the all-time highs experienced in January 2023 when SDG&E charged $3.45 per therm. To help customers prepare for colder months, the company has provided tips to stay cozy without being costly:

  • If you spend long periods of time in one part of the house, use a space heater
  • Control humidity — dry air generally makes people feel colder
  • Turning temps down by 7-10° for eight hours per day can save customers up to 10%
  • Reduce hot water temperatures and wash laundry on cold when possible

Pro tip: Check 211 San Diego to see if you qualify for discounted rates based on your household income or living situation.

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