The Gas Co. launches energy-efficiency information clearinghouse

LOS ANGELES, June 25, 2003 — Southern California Gas Co. (The Gas Company) has launched its “energy-efficiency clearinghouse,” where customers of all Southern California utilities can easily obtain the information they need to make smart energy choices.

“We want to equip customers with the information and resources they need to take action to use energy wisely in their homes and businesses, conserving valuable resources and saving money at the same time,” said Anne Smith, vice president of customer services, mass markets, for Sempra Energy utilities — The Gas Company and San Diego Gas & Electric.

For a second consecutive year, The Gas Company received approval from the California Public Utilities Commission to conduct a Diverse Markets Outreach Program to educate eligible residential and small-business customers who are not taking advantage of The Gas Company’s various assistance programs.

The residential outreach program will promote the full range of energy-efficiency programs available through The Gas Company. In addition, information will be available on programs offered by other private and municipal utilities in the area, as well as companies specializing in energy-efficiency upgrades.

Whether customers are looking to retrofit, renovate or remodel, The Gas Company offers a broad range of energy-efficiency programs, including rebates, financing home upgrades, and income-qualified assistance. Money-saving programs are available for items ranging from programmable thermostats to attic insulation.

The Gas Company’s 2003 Home Energy-Efficiency Rebate Program offers the following qualified energy-efficiency products eligible for rebate:

Energy Star® Labeled Central Natural Gas Furnace
Natural Gas storage Water Heater
Energy Star® Labeled Programmable
Thermostats
Attic or Wall Insulation
Energy Star® Labeled Clothes Washers
Energy Star® Labeled Dishwashers

In addition to the many savings incentives offered by The Gas Company, there may be added energy-efficiency opportunities available from other utilities, municipalities and independent local businesses. These include a variety of energy-efficiency programs, rebates, and financing for energy- efficient home upgrades.

To learn more, residential customers can visit www.socalgas.com or call (800) 427-4400. Customers are asked to have their account number handy.

For small businesses, The Gas Company has a toll-free Energy-Efficiency Info Center to provide information on energy-saving program opportunities offered by other utilities, municipalities and independent local businesses. Small businesses can call (800) 427-6584, choose option 4, to learn more about these programs.

The Gas Company plans to conduct an advertising campaign in Spanish, Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese language newspapers, as well as to distribute multi-language copies of its “A Few Pointers on Making your Home More Energy- Efficient,” and “45 Ways to Save” brochures and business energy guides.

Other planned activities include the promotion of the utility’s Home Energy-Efficiency Survey, available online in English, Spanish and Chinese at www.socalgas.com , the placement of informational booths at local cultural and community events, and contact with customers via phone, e-mail and direct mail.

The Gas Company is the nation’s largest natural gas distribution utility, providing safe and reliable energy to 18.9 million consumers through 5.3 million meters. The Gas Company’s service territory encompasses 23,000 square miles in most of central and Southern California. The Gas Company strives to provide exceptional customer service to enhance the quality of life in the community. The Gas Company is part of Sempra Energy utilities, the umbrella for Sempra Energy’s regulated California utilities. Sempra Energy, based in San Diego, is a Fortune 500 energy services holding company.

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