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Spring into Savings with Four Ways to Reduce Cooling Costs Ahead of Summer

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SAN FRANCISCO, Calif.—Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) wants customers with air conditioners to know they can cool their home for less as temperatures heat up. Today, PG&E shares four simple ways for customers to save energy and reduce cooling costs.

“This spring and summer, we want to help our customers manage their energy costs and save money. Customers can utilize our tips, tools, and programs to uncover savings through these hotter months,” said Vincent Davis, senior director of customer energy solutions at PG&E.

1. Raise the thermostat when at home and turn it up when leaving: Customers can save on annual cooling costs for each degree the temperature is increased in their home during the hot summer months. Set the thermostat to 78 degrees when at home, health permitting. Turn it up to 85 degrees when not at home.
2. Check air filters once a month: Heating and cooling consume the most energy in the average home — up to 50 percent of total home energy use. Dirty filters cause your system to work harder to keep the area cool, wasting energy and money.
3. Consider purchasing a smart thermostat for your home: Through PG&E’s Smart Thermostat Rebate, customers receive a $50 rebate on the purchase of new smart thermostat to help save on home heating and cooling costs. Visit PG&E’s Marketplace to compare and shop for qualifying ENERGY STAR® models.
4. Maintain your air conditioner: Customers can lower their monthly energy bill by keeping air conditioning equipment working at top efficiency. PG&E’s AC Quality Care Program offers a free AC assessment ahead of summer and list of available AC-related rebates.
To take advantage of additional programs, tools, and savings opportunities, PG&E recommends customers:

• Go to pge.com and sign up for a free online account. Signing up to access an online account is critical to customers’ understanding their energy use. When logged in, customers can also, review energy use and costs, compare bills, and more.

• Find a rate plan that works best for their home at pge.com/ratechoices. Customers can analyze their energy usage and find the lowest cost or most convenient rate plan, based on their electric use history. PG&E customers can also explore new time-of-use rates to determine what works for their home.

• Avoid bill surprises with Energy Alerts and Budget Billing. Customers who need help balancing their budget and avoiding bill surprises can sign up for the free Bill Forecast Alerts at pge.com/energyalerts to be alerted by text, phone or email if their monthly bill amount is projected to exceed the amount they specified. Customers who wish to receive a more consistent and predictable monthly bill based on their average annual usage can sign up for Budget Billing at pge.com/budgetbilling.

• Take a free Home Energy Checkup at pge.com/myenergyuse. This simple web-based assessment allows customers to find out how much of their household’s energy goes to heating, hot water, appliances, and lighting. Customers will receive a personalized list of ways to reduce energy and lower their bill. It’s free, easy and takes only five minutes to complete..
For more tips on how to save this summer, visit pge.com/summer.

About PG&E

Pacific Gas and Electric Company, a subsidiary of PG&E Corporation (NYSE:PCG), is one of the largest combined natural gas and electric energy companies in the United States. Based in San Francisco, with more than 20,000 employees, the company delivers some of the nation’s cleanest energy to nearly 16 million people in Northern and Central California. For more information, visit www.pge.com/ and pge.com/news.

Trẻ em có thể đang hút vape sau lưng bạn

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Đúng lúc tính cách phổ biến của thuốc lá cuối cùng bị xuống dốc, vaping xuất hiện và bằng cách nào đó khiến cho thuốc lá hợp thời trở lại. Từ năm 2011-2015, việc sử dụng thuốc lá điện tử trong giới học sinh trung học toàn quốc đã gia tăng từ 1.5% lên tới 16%* – và con số này cứ tiếp tục gia tăng.

Nhưng làm thế nào trẻ vị thành niên mua được vape? Và chúng làm thế nào để giấu vape với cha mẹ và thầy cô?

Câu trả lời ngắn gọn là – trên mạng. 94% trẻ em thành công trong việc mua thuốc lá điện tử trên mạng, và trên YouTube có đầy đủ các hướng dẫn dạy trẻ cách đặt mua vape mà cha mẹ không phát hiện ra. Chúng cho biết “đặt mua Vape của bạn trên Amazon” và “yêu cầu cha mẹ bạn đừng mở gói vì bạn sẽ quay một video đập hộp.” Các hướng dẫn khác bao gồm:

– “Nơi để hút thuốc trong lớp”

– “Làm thế nào để che giấu Juul trong lòng bàn tay bạn”

– “Làm thế nào để giấu Juul qua các lần kiểm soát ba lô”

Điều này đã trở thành cả một vấn đề, một số trường trung học bắt đầu gỡ bỏ cửa phòng vệ sinh. Có lẽ đó không phải là giải pháp tốt nhất. Nhưng có các hành động tốt hơn để thực hiện.

Hãy ghé FlavorsHookKids.org/Viet để giúp bảo vệ trẻ em khỏi một đời nghiện ngập.

*Centers for Disease Control, “Tobacco Use Among Middle and High School Students — United States, 2011-2015,” Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report 65(14):361-367, April 14, 2016, http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/65/wr/pdfs/mm6514a1.pdf.

PG&E Opens New Wildfire Safety Operations Center, Marks California Wildfire Awareness Week with $2 Million for Fire Safe Councils

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SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. — In preparation for the 2018 wildfire season, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) has opened its new Wildfire Safety Operations Center. The center, which will be staffed 24/7, will monitor potential fire threats across PG&E’s service area in real time and coordinate with first responders and public safety officials to respond to any emerging threats and help keep communities safe.

The Wildfire Safety Operations Center is part of PG&E’s Community Wildfire Safety Program, launched in March as an additional precautionary measure intended to reduce wildfire threats and strengthen communities for the future. Through the program, PG&E is bolstering wildfire prevention and emergency response efforts, putting in place new and enhanced safety measures, and doing more over the long term to harden its electric system to help reduce wildfire risks and to keep its customers safe.

“Extreme weather is increasing the number of wildfires and length of wildfire season in California. We must continue to adapt to meet the challenges created by this ‘new normal.’ Our Wildfire Safety Operations Center is designed to quickly identify and respond to potential fire risks and work safely with fire agencies to reduce or respond to the threat,” said Pat Hogan, PG&E senior vice president of Electric Operations.

The state-of-the-art Wildfire Safety Operations Center will operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week, primarily during wildfire season, and will be operational at other times of the year as well, depending on conditions.

It will be staffed with highly qualified individuals who are knowledgeable in electric operations, safety, engineering, meteorology and other areas. Located at PG&E’s San Francisco headquarters, its proximity to PG&E’s Emergency Operations Center will ensure close coordination across its wildfire safety operations and emergency response teams. This coordination will include the pre-staging of PG&E crews and Wildfire Response Teams to help keep customers safe.

The Wildfire Safety Operations Center will work closely with PG&E’s meteorologists who monitor weather conditions and potential fire threats. PG&E utilizes technologies including its own weather monitoring stations mounted strategically throughout its service area. The team also uses publicly available databases, websites and emergency alert systems from agencies such as CAL FIRE, National Weather Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA), Caltrans, the Bay Area Regional Air Quality Control Board and local public safety authorities.

Center staff also will work closely with fire agencies and community partners to coordinate emergency response efforts. The center will serve as PG&E’s on-the-ground communications hub and will partner with local government, first responders, media and others to provide advance and real-time emergency response information to local communities.

California Wildfire Awareness Week

In recognition of California Wildfire Awareness Week (May 7-10), PG&E announced it will provide $2 million to local Fire Safe Councils in 23 counties for 30 projects that reduce wildfire risk and help keep communities safe. The funds will pay for fuel reduction, emergency access and defensible space projects, as well as chipper days in local communities. This is the fifth year PG&E has partnered with local councils on projects to reduce wildfire risk, providing over $13 million since 2014.

The company also will continue its daily aerial patrol program to spot and speed response to wildfires. The patrols, which will start June 1 and continue through October, will occur over hundreds of miles of PG&E’s service area to assist state and local fire agencies with early fire detection and response. The patrols will coordinate with the new Wildfire Safety Operations Center.

About PG&E

Pacific Gas and Electric Company, a subsidiary of PG&E Corporation (NYSE:PCG), is one of the largest combined natural gas and electric energy companies in the United States. Based in San Francisco, with more than 20,000 employees, the company delivers some of the nation’s cleanest energy to nearly 16 million people in Northern and Central California. For more information, visit www.pge.com/ and pge.com/news.

New Campaign Targets Tobacco Industry’s Deceptive Marketing to Youth

SACRAMENTO – In an effort to combat the tobacco industry’s latest marketing strategies aimed at getting youth hooked on nicotine, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) today launched a new “Flavors Hook Kids” campaign.

The campaign warns parents and concerned adults about the increasing availability of flavored tobacco products targeted to teens. The campaign also highlights how easy it is for kids to purchase flavored tobacco products online.

“Flavors disguise the harshness of tobacco and make smoking seem harmless, when we know it’s not,” said CDPH Director and State Public Health Officer Dr. Karen Smith. “Innocent sounding e-cigarette flavors like Cherry Crush and Cotton Candy could lead to a lifetime of nicotine addiction.”

More than 80 percent of youth who have tried tobacco products started with a flavored product – there are more than 15,500 e-cigarette flavors on the market.

Also increasing in popularity among teenagers are new e-cigarette devices called “pod mods.” One in particular, JUUL, it is a vaporizer for weed and tobacco but looks like a flash drive. It is easily hidden from parents and teachers because of its deceptive design. Each JUUL tobacco cartridge contains the same amount of nicotine as an entire pack of traditional cigarettes.

“We encourage parents to talk to their kids about the significant risks of nicotine addiction and tobacco use – which can impact brain development and cause asthma and respiratory disease,” said Dr. Smith. “There’s simply no safe level of tobacco consumption, and it is far too easy for teens to get interested and hooked due to the tobacco industry’s deceptive tactics.”

E-cigarettes are the most common tobacco product used by youth in the U.S. In 2016, 13.6 percent of California high school students reported using tobacco products, and more than half (8.6 percent) reporting using e-cigarettes, including “pod mods.” Research has shown minors can successfully buy e-cigarette products online 94 percent of the time.

The new “Flavors Hook Kids” campaign appears in seven languages including English, Spanish, Mandarin, Cantonese, Korean, Vietnamese and Tagalog. Learn more here.

About the California Tobacco Control Program

The California Department of Public Health’s Tobacco Control Program was established by the Tobacco Tax and Health Protection Act of 1988. California’s comprehensive approach has changed social norms around tobacco-use and secondhand smoke. In November 2016, Californians passed Proposition 56 which funds tobacco-use prevention programs, a new state Oral Health Program and research on tobacco-related illnesses such as cancer and heart disease.

www.cdph.ca.gov

PG&E Customers Eligible to Save $3,000 on a New Nissan LEAF Electric Vehicle

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SAN FRANCISCO, Calif.—Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) today announced that PG&E customers can save $3,000 on the purchase of a new 2018 Nissan LEAF electric vehicle (EV). This offer adds to existing state and federal discounts available to customers in California to help support the state’s clean transportation goal of having five million zero-emission vehicles on the road by 2030.

At any authorized Nissan dealership, interested customers can show a recent copy of their PG&E bill, a valid photo ID and the flyer with the Fleet Certification Code found here. Family members are also eligible if they prove with a driver’s license that they reside at the same address as the customer on the PG&E bill. The discount is taken off the manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) for the purchase or finance of a 2018 Nissan LEAF EV and is available through July 2, 2018.

“Electric vehicles are a critical part of creating cleaner air and meeting California’s climate goals. Making it easier for customers to adopt EVs helps drivers reduce their environmental impact while supporting our clean energy future – a win for both our customers and the state,” said Steve Malnight, PG&E Corporation’s senior vice president of Strategy and Policy.

For more information on the offer, PG&E customers can view the FAQ. Customers can contact any authorized Nissan dealership with additional questions.

Existing discounts for EVs
In addition to the discount offered by Nissan, other available incentives could further reduce the cost of a Nissan LEAF EV by approximately 50 percent. PG&E recommends customers research other discounts and incentives, including:
• Federal Tax Credit: Customers could be eligible for up to $7,500 in federal tax credits. PG&E recommends customers review details closely and consult a tax accountant or Certified Public Accountant for specific information.
• California State Rebate: Customers could be eligible for an additional $2,500 off the Nissan LEAF through the California state rebate administered by the California Air Resources Board.
• PG&E’s Clean Fuel Rebate: PG&E residential, electric customers who are EV drivers can apply for the company’s one-time $500 Clean Fuel Rebate. The rebate is part of California’s statewide Low Carbon Fuel Standard initiative, which aims to reduce transportation-related greenhouse gas emissions by encouraging the adoption of clean fuels like electricity.
• PG&E customers living in certain areas such as San Joaquin Valley could be eligible for additional EV discounts.

PG&E Ongoing Support for EVs in California
Committed to increasing adoption of clean vehicles in the state, PG&E continues its efforts to make it easier for customers to make the switch to EVs. On PG&E’s residential EV rate plans, customers pay the equivalent of $1.20 per gallon to charge their vehicle overnight. Customers can learn more about EVs by viewing PG&E’s online resources and get help determining which rate plan makes sense for them.

Recently, PG&E announced that its customers can save $10,000 on the purchase of a new 2017 or 2018 BMW i3 or i3s EV through May 31, 2018. At any authorized BMW dealership, interested customers can show a recent copy of their PG&E bill and the filled out BMW customer information form found here.

Through its EV Charge Network program, PG&E aims to help accelerate the adoption of EVs in California by increasing access to charging. Partnering with business customers and EV charging companies, PG&E will install 7,500 EV chargers at condominiums, apartment buildings and workplaces across Northern and Central California, including at sites in disadvantaged communities.

To learn more about other options for EV drivers, visit pge.com/ev.

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