Our tips and tools help make it easy to shift energy use to the times of day when costs are lower. Changing when you use some electricity will help California make progress toward its clean energy goals. Follow these simple ideas to save money on your Time-of-Use rate plan.
Make these energy-saving practices part of your daily routine.
Turning lights, appliances, TVs and computers off while not in use is one of the easiest ways to conserve energy.
If you have air conditioning, cool your home during lower-priced times. Then, nudge it up to 78 F or higher (health permitting) during peak times.
During peak times, get your dishes loaded and your clothes ready to wash or dry, then wait until lower-priced off-peak times to wash them.
When peak time ends, run your laundry or dishwasher overnight.
When possible, save heat-producing chores like doing laundry for lower-priced off-peak times.
Now and then, find activities to do in cool places during peak times. Leaving the house to go swimming or to visit the library can be a great way to cool off and save energy.
Set your air conditioner to 75-78°F when you’re at home, health permitting. Pre-cool your home before peak hours. Turn it up to 85°F when you leave.
Check your air conditioner’s filters every 1-2 months. Dirty filters cause your system to work harder to keep you cool, wasting energy.
Keep your air conditioner fit for summer with the AC Quality Care Program. To find a contractor and see if you qualify for rebates, visit the program.
Shut out the cold. Keep warm air in and cold air out by closing curtains, shades and blinds when you sleep or leave the house.
Bundle up. Instead of turning up the heat, try adding layers of clothing and blankets, especially during peak hours.
String up savings. Use energy-efficient LED lights for holiday decorations. Turn them off when you go to bed or use a timer to so you don’t forget.
Save while you’re home. Set your thermostat to 68°F or lower, health permitting. Your home uses 3 to 5 percent more energy for every additional degree that it’s raised.
Save while you’re away. When you leave the house, set your thermostat to 56°F or shut it off. You can save 5 to 15 percent on your annual heating bill by keeping your home at this temperature 8 hours per day.
Seal and save. Keep your home comfortable and save up to $50 a year in heating costs by weather stripping your windows and doors.
Average out your monthly payments, so if your energy changes significantly from season to season, you won’t see big spikes on your bills.*
Find out how your home uses energy and receive a personalized list of energy efficiency improvements with our free, 5-minute Home Energy Checkup.
Avoid the surprise of a higher energy bill by receiving notifications by email, phone or text that you’re near an amount you set.*