PG&E Customers Can Earn Bill Credit With Winter Gas Savings Program

     PG&E Customers Can Earn Bill Credit With Winter Gas Savings Program

Customers May Receive Automatic Credit of Up to 20 Percent for Conservation in
December and January

PR Newswire

SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 6, 2012

SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 6, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --Pacific Gas and Electric Company
(PG&E) today announced the start of its Winter Gas Savings program, which
gives eligible residential and business customers an opportunity to earn an
automatic bill credit of up to 20 percent for reducing natural gas usage
during peak months.

Customers who lower usage during December 2012 and January 2013 by up to 10
percent will receive an equal percentage credit on their February or March gas
bill. Those who conserve 10 percent or more will receive a 20 percent credit.

As a convenience, customers do not need to apply for credits, which will be
determined automatically by comparing natural gas usage reductions this season
to the three previous winters, adjusted for weather.

During last year's program, nearly two million customers earned credits
totaling $41 million.

"We appreciate the dedication and commitment our customers have shown to
conserving their usage of natural gas," said Steven Malnight, PG&E's Vice
President of Customer Energy Solutions. "We are excited to help them adopt
easy ways to save energy and reward them for their efforts to reduce their
natural gas usage."

Customers can track their progress toward earning bill credits using a
web-based, Facebook-enabled Progress Tracker tool. Through the tracker,
customers with a gas SmartMeter™ can easily compare their current estimated
average daily usage to their three-year daily average to determine if they are
on track to earn a bill credit. The Progress Tracker is available at and

Customers can take simple steps to reduce natural gas usage and potentially
qualify for the credit. Examples include:

  oLower the thermostat to 68 degrees during the daytime if it is safe to do
  oReduce shower time by half to save as much as 33 percent on water heating
  oSet the water heater to 120 degrees or the "normal" setting.
  oWash clothes in cold water instead of hot.
  oOpen blinds and drapes on sunny days.
  oMicrowave small amounts of food instead of heating them up in the oven.

For additional tips, tools and resources for conserving gas, see

The Winter Gas Savings program was established in 2005 to help conserve
natural gas following the supply squeeze caused by Hurricane Katrina. This
year, the program will come to a successful close.

Pacific Gas and Electric Company, a subsidiary of PG&E Corporation (NYSE:PCG),
is one of the largest combined natural gas and electric utilities in the
United States. Based in San Francisco, with 20,000 employees, the company
delivers some of the nation's cleanest energy to 15 million people in Northern
and Central California. For more information, visit and

SOURCE Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E)

Contact: PG&E External Communications, +1-415-973-5930
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