SAN DIEGO (CNS) - San Diego Gas & Electric Wednesday announced the launch of an online feature that allows customers to track their energy use, and also opened a new center where San Diegans can learn about energy efficiency.
Customers can click the "Green Button" in the "My Account" section of the SDG&E website, and up to 13 months of usage data will be presented in what utility officials say will be a customer-friendly format.
"The Green Button is an exciting step forward that continues to position SDG&E as a trend-setting, forward-thinking utility, and is one of many initiatives designed to offer our customers choice, convenience and control," said Ted Reguly, the company's director of customer programs and assistance.
San Diegans will be able to share the data with third parties for energy use evaluations and other needs.
Utility officials hope the availability of the data will spur computer developers into coming up with new applications and devices.
SDG&E, Pacific Gas & Electric and Southern California Edison are among the first utilities in the nation to implement the Green Button concept, which is similar to a "Blue Button" that was created to access healthcare information.
The utility also opened its Energy Innovation Center, a showcase facility in Kearny Mesa where residents can learn about efficiency, alternative fuels, the Smart Grid and clean power generation.
The center includes exhibits on home energy efficiency, drought tolerant landscaping and a commercial food service kitchen where chefs can test their recipes while using state-of-the-art appliances.
The 27,000-square-foot building was remodeled, using 85 percent of its original material. It also features a collection system on the roof to use rain water for irrigation, solar panels that heat water and reduce energy use by 34 percent, and sensors that automatically shut down the heater and air conditioner when windows are open.
The center is open on weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The San Diego Rescue Mission opened its doors to the homeless community on Saturday for its annual Thanksgiving celebration.
A man died after his body caught fire, police said Saturday. At 11:30 p.m. Friday, police received a call regarding a person on fire in a field near 5200 Pacific Highway in Mission Bay Park, according to the San Diego Police Department.
Hoping for the best but preparing for the worst, local business owners and first responders teamed up for an all-to-real feeling hazard drill on Saturday.
A 5-year-old girl who was abducted from New York by her 32-year-old mother, who does not have custody of the child, was found safe Saturday in San Diego, police said.
Before Saturday, Marine veteran Joshua Ray, his wife and six children had just one vehicle to use for all of their family business, and Ray had to take the train from Oceanside to San Diego every day to get to work.
A sea of pink will travel through San Diego starting Friday for the Susan G. Komen San Diego 3-Day. The 60 mile journey kicks off early Friday morning and ends Sunday evening at the final destination – the celebratory Closing Ceremony.
A man arrested on suspicion of committing a murder in Imperial Beach earlier this week remained jailed Saturday.
Spencer Abbott had two goals and two assists after missing two games and Eric Fehr scored twice in his debut with the San Diego Gulls in an 8-3 victory over the Tucson Roadrunners Friday night.
On Friday, a fourth woman came forward with disturbing allegations of sexual assault by a San Diego County Sheriff’s Deputy.
Malcolm Young, the rhythm guitarist and guiding force behind the bawdy hard rock band AC/DC who helped create such head-banging anthems as "Highway to Hell," ''Hell's Bells" and "Back in Black," has died.