Check the hour before using power

On Time-of-Use rate plans, shift some electricity usage to times when costs are less and demand is lower. On this rate plan, 4 to 9 p.m. are higher-priced (peak) times. All other times are lower-priced (off-peak).


24-hour graph depicting lower priced off-peak (5 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.) and higher priced peak hours (4 p.m. to 9 p.m.) for Time-of-Use (Peak Pricing 4 – 9 p.m. Every Day) (E-TOU-C)

Small shifts can make a difference

Prices are lower on your new rate plan for 19 hours a day because that is when demand is lower and renewable resources, like solar power, are most plentiful. Changing when you use some electricity will help California make progress toward its clean energy goals.

Follow these simple tips to shift electricity use to times when demand and prices are lower:

Anytime: Turn it off
Turning off lights, appliances, TVs and computers while not in use is one of the easiest ways to conserve energy.

Morning to midday: Pre-cool your home
If you have air conditioning, cool your home during lower-priced times. Then, nudge it up to 78 F or higher (health permitting) at 4 p.m.

Late afternoon to evening: Load first, run later
During peak times, get your dishes loaded and your clothes ready to wash or dry, then wait until after 9 p.m. to wash them.

Late night: Press the start button
After 9 p.m., when peak time ends, run your laundry or dishwasher overnight. It will be done when you wake up the next day.

See easy ways to shift and lower your energy use during peak hours

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