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Shift the power, California.

Real power is knowing when not to use it. For the first time ever, you have control of your energy use and carbon footprint. Reduce your use at key times, have a huge impact.

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Introducing GridRewards

An award-winning, free service that tells you when and how to reduce your energy usage. Earn cash payments and reduce your electricity bill all year round.

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How it works

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Unplug during events.

GridRewards events are the most important times to save electricity. We’ll tell you when they’re happening — usually during hot summer afternoons, about 5-10 times per year.

Earn Cash

Get paid. Get your friends paid.

Get $10 for each friend you refer. Work together with your neighborhood to earn extra rewards and multiply your impact!

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Reduce your carbon footprint.

Get personalized energy insights, learn about the best times to use energy, and reduce your carbon footprint.

Steps you can take during a GridRewards event

1

Warm it up

Raise your air conditioning temperature by four degrees or so.

2

Clean later

Shift your washer, dryer, and dishwasher use outside the event window.

3

Unplug

Unplug your electronics — from phone chargers to electric vehicles, it all counts.

4

Close the shades

Keeping the sun out helps keep your rooms cool without air conditioning.

5

Lower the lights

Flip off your lights switches, or dim just the necessary lights while it’s dark.

6

Relax

Use the time as an excuse to get outside, ride your bike, take a nap, or meet up with friends.

An average household can earn more than $100/year

Oh, and 98% of GridRewards participants got paid last year.

Small change adds up.

Reduce your energy use for just a few hours during the most important days of the year, and you’ll have an outsized impact on the carbon footprint for your entire city.

Where does the money come from?

Your utility company pays to reduce electricity at peak times to help maintain system reliability in your community.

Who’s eligible?

Households in the Pacific Gas & Electric, Southern California Edison, and San Diego Gas & Electric service areas are eligible. Estimated earnings are based on a typical household's 1kW savings during a GridRewards event.

How can I use GridRewards?

You'll be notified of GridRewards events by email and, if you opt-in, by text message. The GridRewards mobile app is coming soon to your area.

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