With summer weather and air conditioning season quickly approaching – and with it higher electric bills – Southern California Edison (SCE) is encouraging its customers to “Save Energy, Save Money” by taking advantage of an array of energy efficiency programs that will help reduce their electricity costs.ROSEMEAD, California – May 28, 2002 [SolarAccess.com] “Now is the time for businesses and residents to start preparing for hot weather and taking measures that can result in big savings and we can show them how,” said Pam Bass, senior vice president for customer service. “We had an unprecedented response to the energy rebate programs last year, which saved the state a lot of energy and customers a lot of money. This year’s program offerings continue to provide cost incentives and practical ways to use electricity prudently.” SCE issued nearly 70,000 energy rebate checks to residential customers in 2001 – compared to just 13,200 in 2000 – while saving more than 25,000 MWh of electricity. The average residential customer uses about 6,500 kilowatt-hours yearly. Additionally, last year, SCE received nearly 1 million phone calls from customers inquiring about energy efficiency programs. By comparison, the utility received about 200,000 such inquiries in 2000. Energy efficiency programs currently offered by SCE to help business customers reduce energy consumption and save money include: -Energy Audits: An energy-use survey geared for small- and medium-sized businesses is available at SCE’s Web site, www.sce.com , by telephone at 1-800-736-4777, or by mail to help customers identify and implement cost-effective ways to save energy. – Express Efficiency: Rebates are available for small and medium-sized business customers who purchase and install a variety of qualifying energy-efficient products, including air conditioning, lighting, refrigeration, reflective window film and motors. – Standard Performance Contract (SPC): Rebates for specialized energy-efficient upgrades not covered by the Express Efficiency program are available to all business customers through this program. The energy savings achieved determines the rebate amount. Business owners can either have contractors handle the installation and the related energy calculations, or do the work themselves. – Savings By Design: Customers planning new construction or a major addition or renovation to an existing facility can defray the costs of designing and installing energy-efficient lighting, space conditioning, refrigeration, and process systems in the project. -Energy$mart Thermostat(SM): A programmable thermostat is installed for free at qualifying businesses in selected areas of SCE’s service territory to allow SCE to remotely raise temperature settings for air conditioners, which reduces energy use during hours of peak energy demand. Customers complying with certain requirements can receive up to US$300 for participating in the test program. – Self-Generation Incentive: Both business and residential customers who purchase qualifying equipment to generate their own power may be eligible for rebates through the Self-Generation Incentive Program. Participation in this program can help mitigate the statewide energy supply shortage, and may result in reduced electricity cost. The program pays for up to 50 percent of the cost of new, environmentally friendly electric generating equipment utilizing solar and wind energy. Fuel cells, microturbines, and internal combustion engines utilizing natural gas or renewable digester gas are also eligible.