More Than Two Million PG&E Customers On Track For Gas Bill Credits

      More Than Two Million PG&E Customers On Track For Gas Bill Credits

Customers May Receive Automatic Bill Credit of Up to 20 Percent Through
Utility's Winter Gas Savings Program in December and January

PR Newswire

SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 15, 2013

SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 15, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --More than two million Pacific Gas
and Electric Company (PG&E) customers are on track to qualify for gas bill
credits through the utility's Winter Gas Savings program, based on December
usage reductions. If sustained, that number would exceed the total achieved in
last year's program – with additional customers still able to earn bill
credits through January if they step up their energy savings.

The program provides eligible residential and business customers with an
automatic gas bill credit of up to 20 percent for reducing natural gas usage
during peak months. (Reductions are based on usage over the three previous
winters, adjusted for weather.) Customers who lower usage during December 2012
and January 2013 by 10 percent or more will receive a 20 percent credit. Those
who conserve by up to 10 percent will receive an equal percentage credit for
those months on their February or March gas bill. During last year's program,
nearly two million customers earned credits totaling $41 million.

Customers with a gas SmartMeter™ can gauge how well they are doing by using
the program's online Progress Tracker available at
and Customers who used it to follow
their December natural gas usage are on track to qualify for bill credits at a
higher rate than those who reduced consumption without using the monitoring

Sixty percent of customers who tracked their progress toward earning gas bill
credits using PG&E's Progress Tracker tool are on track to qualify for some
level of credit and 41 percent are pacing at the maximum 20 percent credit
level. Overall, 53 percent of eligible PG&E customers are on track to qualify
for a bill credit while 35 percent are on pace to achieve the maximum credit.

With almost three weeks in the month remaining, customers can take simple
steps to reduce natural gas usage to potentially qualify for or increase their
credit. Examples include:

  oLower the thermostat to 68 degrees during the daytime if it is safe to do
  oCut your shower time in half to reduce your water heating costs by a
  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. The
program will come to a successful close this season.

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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