Time-of-Use rate plans are an easy way for Californians to continue our clean energy leadership while ensuring a more responsible and sustainable energy future for generations to come. Customers on Time-of-Use rate plans shift some electricity usage to times when costs are less and demand is lower.
On this Time-of-Use rate plan, 4 to 9 p.m. are higher-priced (peak) times. All other times are lower-priced (off-peak).
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 lights, appliances, TVs and computers off 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) during peak times.
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 lower-priced off-peak times to wash them.
Late night: Press the start button
When peak time ends, run your laundry or dishwasher overnight.
These rate plans offer lower prices during week day periods when energy costs are lower and during all hours on weekends and most holidays.Learn about other Time-of-Use rate plans
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