How to save on electricity during the summer – SCE

If you have Southern California Edison you have the option to sign up for the SCE Summer Discount Plan.

The basis of the plan is that a control box is installed on your air conditioning unit or units. This allows SCE to temporarily turn off your unit during periods of peak usage. This box remains on your unit until your move or sell or that you no longer wish to participate in the program.

There are 6 options available to choose from that will give you savings of between

  • Up to $25 and
  • Up to $200

for service between June 1 and October 1.

How long is the air off?

  • on the Up to $25 off plan – A/C off 15 out of every 30 mins (up to 15 interruptions during the summer)
  • on the Up to $200 off plan – A/C off continuously for the emergency period (unlimited interruptions)

For a history of outages in the past 2 years and to sign up go to

Over the last 2 years there were only 8 localized outages and we have been fortunate not to participate in any outages in the past 5 years.

This is a great plan but not for those who like or need their air conditioning every day.

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