FRESNO, California.- If you are enrolled in the voluntary PG&E SmartRate program, it is important to be extra conservative with power tomorrow from 2-7 p.m. to avoid getting hit with a large bill.

“On the SmartDays,” said PG&E Spokesman Denny Boyles. “Any of the electricity that you use between 2-7, you are going to have a $.60 per kilowatt surcharge attached to it and they need to understand that going in.”

The program is completely voluntary and can also help save money by allowing participants to receive $.024 credit for each kilowatt per hour that they use from June until September.

However, when the temperatures rise PG&E can choose a minimum of 9 and a maximum of 15 days throughout the year to be labeled SmartDays.

“Those are days we predict, us and the state,” said Boyles. “Predict very high electric demand so it is a voluntary program to help reduce that demand.”

PG&E will notify residents when the days are coming up and from 2-7 p.m. you will want to avoid using a lot of power so you don’t end up with a huge bill.

“Don’t run your dishwasher,” said Boyles. “Don’t run your washer or dryers during those hours. Maybe put off doing housework during those hours. Anything that is going to use a lot of electricity, you are not want to do during those hours.”

If you decide you no longer want to be enrolled in the program you can call PG&E to end the program.