PG&E offers incentives to energy efficient customers

Program works by comparing monthly gas usage this year to usage in past three years

In a bid to reduce gas usage statewide this winter, Pacific Gas and Electric Co. will offer customers rebates for every unit of natural gas they save.

The California Public Utilities Commission Thursday approved PG&E’s 10/20 Plus Winter Gas Savings Program, the starting point of which will be customers’ December bill.

The utility offered credits for energy efficiency last winter, and this year it has increased those incentives to include commercial and agricultural customers.

It also eliminated a requirement that residential customers live at the same address for one year in order to be eligible. Instead, PG&E will track customers’ usage for the last three years, regardless of where the account was held.

The program works by comparing customers’ monthly gas usage to their own record low over the past three years. For every therm — a unit by which gas is measured — by which customers reduce their usage from their previous low, they will get a 1 percent credit on their bill. If a customer reduces his or her usage by 10 percent, he or she will receive a 20 percent bill credit.

Depending on the bill schedule, customers will see their rebates on their March or April bills, according to PG&E.

amartin@examiner.com

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